Career Choice Testing: Blog Discusses Career Choices of Tax Collectors

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Tax time fuels discussion about not just the levies themselves, but also those professionals collecting them. The Vivre La Difference blog addresses various career opportunities generated by the government's need to collect taxes, and the types of personalities, systemizing or empathizing, that might be best suited to fill those jobs.

With the April 17 tax deadline hovering, online discussions about the tax collection system and the people who work in it are thriving. The Vivre La Difference blog addresses the career opportunities created by the federal government's tax collection requirements, and the types of personalities, systemizing or empathizing, best suited to fill those jobs ( is a site that offers career assessment tools and quizzes, describes systemizing and empathizing personality types and illustrates how personality drives career choices and affects the workplace experience.'s Vivre La Difference recently posted an entry entitled "Tax Examiners, Collectors and Revenue Agents," that dissects several groups of Internal Revenue Service employees and how the work that they do dovetails with their personality types (

  • Tax Examiners: These employees are most likely to have systemizing tendencies, as they work primarily with numbers. Examiners usually deal with simpler returns, reviewing them for accuracy and verifying that the deductions and credits claimed are legitimate.
  • Revenue Agents: This career differs from that of tax examiner in that revenue agents generally audit returns of businesses, and their expertise may be quite specialized. Revenue agents are also required to have excellent research skills.
  • Collectors or Revenue Officers: These employees deal with delinquent taxpayers, working with them to get their obligations paid. According to Vivre La Difference, empathizing tendencies could make it easier to track down and communicate with debtors, but also make it more difficult to be hard-nosed about getting money from people who might be struggling.

The blog also mentions that due to the increased automation of the American tax filing system, job opportunities in tax collection are expected to grow more slowly than average. Additionally, education requirements have increased, with most opportunities going to those who have at least a bachelor's degree with some accounting emphasis. ( centers on the Empathizing-Systemizing theory of the male versus the female brain types. The tests were developed by professor Simon Baron-Cohen and Sally Wheelwright at the University of Cambridge, England. Systemizers and empathizers can find information and resources for education, educational programs and career choices.


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