Tax Fraud Investigator

Track down tax evaders and cheaters.
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Salary Range
$36,000 – $104,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tax Fraud Investigators do?

Tax Fraud Investigators (also known as IRS Special Agent Criminal Investigators) work for the IRS, tracking down people and companies who have not paid their taxes. They may also take part in other investigations related to financial crimes, such as money laundering and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. In many ways, a Tax Fraud Investigator is like a combined Forensic Accountant and Police Officer, using investigative methods and in-depth knowledge of finances and accounting to trace a path back to a tax evader or other criminal.

If you’re a Tax Fraud Investigator, you spend your time in a variety of settings. You have a desk in a field office, where you receive files on suspected criminals. From there, it’s up to you and your team to develop an investigative plan.

Data come from a variety of sources: IRS and back records, emails, phone, and in-person interviews with bank personnel who dealt with the suspects’ finances. You may even need to go out into the field to interview people in person, seize evidence, or serve warrants.

Fighting crime in real life is seldom as glamorous as it is on TV. You work eight-hour days, with overtime when there’s a tough case you need to crack. The IRS is also not the most popular government agency.

However, when you successfully track down someone who has been stealing from the government, you’re actually saving the taxpayers money — whether they know (or appreciate) it or not. And that’s a good feeling that you can take to the bank.

Should I be a Tax Fraud Investigator?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: IRS Special Agent Criminal Investigator

    How to become a Tax Fraud Investigator

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