Tax Accounting Programs in Massachusetts

Educational Information:

Professional tax auditors save their employers and the government millions of dollars every year by discovering errors, omissions and fraud on state and federal tax returns. Tax auditors who work for a private organization also provide financial guidance to their employer to ensure that the company remains profitable.

Licensing Information:

To work as a tax auditor in Massachusetts, you need a minimum of a bachelor degree as well the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential. All applicants for the CPA exam must have completed 150 hours of post-secondary education within three years of passing the test. The following requirements must be met before taking the CPA exam:

  • 120 hours of post-secondary coursework from an accredited college.
  • Completion of 21 hours in accounting courses, including audit, financial accounting, management accounting and taxation.
  • Completed nine hours of courses in business law, information systems and finance.

Employment Information:

Massachusetts is one of seven states on the East Coast where tax auditors earn at least $75,000 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports a median annual salary of $75,780 as of May 2012. Tax auditors earning at the bottom 10 percent of the pay scale reported an average wage of $44,510. At the other end of the spectrum, tax auditors at the 90th percentile or higher earned approximately $110,000 in 2012.

There were 41 tax auditor jobs listed at the career website Glass Door in the fall of 2013. You may also find these positions advertised as tax accountant, tax manager or internal auditor. Some of the top employers in Massachusetts for tax auditors include:

  • Global Partners LP
  • Jiten Hotel Management
  • American Biltrite, Inc.
  • Hilton Hotel of Boston
  • KPMG