Tax Accounting Programs in Minnesota

Educational Information:

As a tax auditor in Minnesota, you would assist the state or federal government with finding costly errors and instances of fraud. You may also work for a private organization to ensure that it files tax returns in accordance with all state and federal laws. This position is an ideal match for someone who is detail-oriented, ethical and can communicate in a professional manner.

Licensing Information:

The Minnesota State Board of Accountancy requires anyone who regularly audits tax returns to possess the credential of Certified Public Accountant (CPA). You must have a bachelor or master degree before you can take the exam. Your degree program must include a minimum of 150 hours in business and accounting topics. Additionally, you are required to complete at least one ethics course.

Minnesota also requires a minimum of 2,000 hours of professional work experience in accounting to be completed in one to three years before sitting for the CPA exam. There is an application fee of $175 and a variable fee for each of the four sections of the CPA exam.

Employment Information:

In September 2013, the career website Simply Hired listed 183 tax auditor positions throughout the state. The BLS reports that the 2012 the average salary for accountants in Minnesota was $64,780 a year. Some of the top firms hiring tax auditors in Minnesota include:

  • Cargill
  • Northern Tool and Equipment
  • OneBeacon Insurance
  • The James Allen Company
  • Deloitte
  • SNI Financial