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Taxation Degree Programs

Taxation is a specialty within the accounting field that focuses on planning strategies; compliance; local, state and federal taxation laws; and the filing of the proper forms. Programs can be found at all levels, from postsecondary diplomas up to doctoral degrees. Depending on the school, taxation courses could be offered as a concentration within an accounting program or as part of a dedicated taxation program. Some schools offer students the chance to earn this degree in different formats such as online, on-campus, or a hybrid of both. Some institutions also have full-time, part-time or accelerated programs, which helps suit a variety of different scheduling needs.

Students who plan to earn an undergraduate degree may be able to study business law, financial accounting, federal income taxation, and how to analyze financial statements. Other topics may include management principles, how to work with international businesses, and organizational behavior. Individuals who pursue graduate level degrees may learn qualitative and quantitative analysis, how to tax the income of corporations and partnerships, and research methodologies.

The requirements for admission vary from school to school. Students applying for some graduate programs, for example, need to have earned an undergraduate degree in either business or accounting. Others only require that students have earned an undergraduate degree form an accredited institution. Please contact an admissions counselor with any questions you may have about possible enrollment requirements.

Taxation Careers

The skills and knowledge gained in taxation programs may open up a variety of career paths for graduates. Below are just a few of the potential careers that may be available to individuals who earn a degree in this field, along with options for certification in taxation and related areas.

Accounting Position

Common Duties

Typical Education Requirements

Certification Options

State Licensure Required?

Tax Examiners, Revenue Agents, and Collectors

  • Review tax returns to see if all credits and deductions taken were allowed.
  • Contact taxpayers in the event of problems or the need for updated information.

Bachelor's Degree



Financial Analyst

  • Recommend different investment opportunities.
  • Put together reports for upper management.
  • Research business and economic trends.
  • Estimate a company's value by examining their tax rates, sales, prices, costs and expenses.

Bachelor's Degree

No certifications are needed, but they may help with career advancement. One certification available is the Chartered Financial Analyst. This can be earned after 4 years of experience in the field, a bachelor's degree, and three exams have been passed.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority licenses financial analysts. Individuals need sponsorship from a company, so these cannot be earned before starting a job.

Personal Financial Advisors

  • Discuss financial goals with clients.
  • Recommend investments and answer any questions a client has.
  • Watch over the accounts of clients to be sure they are meeting expectations.

Bachelor's Degree

Personal financial advisors can earn the Certified Financial Planner from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

Depending on if an advisor buys or sells bonds, insurance policies, or stocks they may need a combination of licenses. They may also need to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012

Job Outlook and Salary in Taxation

People who may have found one of the previous careers interesting may want details on what the job growth and salary potential may be for these positions. The following table provides that information.


National Mean Salary

(May 2012)

# of New Jobs


Job Growth Rate


Tax Examiners, Tax Collectors and Revenue Agents



14% (Equals national average)

Financial Analysts



23% (Above national average)

Personal Financial Advisors



32% (Below national average)

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012; Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, 2013

* Salaries and employment opportunities may vary based on experience, education, location and other factors.


Financial Analyst, May 2012, Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013


Financial Analyst, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012


Personal Financial Advisors, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013


Personal Financial Advisors, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012


Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents, May 2012 Occupational Employment and Wages, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013


Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012



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