Tax Accounting Programs in Iowa

Educational Information:

Today’s accounting professional has numerous areas where he or she can specialize, including tax auditing. While tax preparers help individuals and businesses file tax returns, tax auditors look for errors, omissions and fraudulent reporting after the fact. Tax auditors are employed by local, state and federal government bodies as well as private, public and non-profit organizations.

Licensing Information:

After you have completed your bachelor or graduate degree, you must pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam to demonstrate proficiency in tax auditing and other financial topics. Your coursework must include 24 semester hours of accounting work and 24 hours of courses related to other business topics. You also need to show proof that you have completed at least 150 semester hours of college-level coursework in business and accounting before you officially receive your CPA certificate.

Employment Information:

The website Davenport Jobs listed 63 jobs under the general classification of tax auditor in September 2013. More than half of the job postings were for a company called Genesis Health Systems. Other Iowa employers that advertised for tax auditing help at that time include:

  • Deloitte
  • Accountemps
  • Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • John Deere
  • RGIS
  • Robert Half Finance & Accounting
  • UPS

Two of the eight employers are staffing agencies specializing in the placement of accounting professionals.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released an Occupational and Employment Wages report for accountants and auditors in all 50 states. Tax auditors who worked in Iowa that year earned a median annual salary of $62,309. There are approximately 9,920 Iowa residents who were employed as tax auditors in 2012.