What Is The Difference Between A Revenue Agent and A Revenue Officer ?

In the world of the IRS there are two main types of employees you mainly deal with.

The first of those is a Revenue Agent . What a Revenue Agent is tasked with doing is to audit tax returns. They are trying to determine if the tax return that you prepared is a complete and accurate return.

So you might get a notice from the IRS asking you to meet them some point in the future to go over your tax return and explain certain items of your tax return.

That is always going to be done by what is known as a Revenue Agent.

All that the Revenue Agent is interested in doing, is to determine that the tax reported is correct. They make no attempt to collect the tax and are only responsible for looking at the amount of tax that was reported. That’s a Revenue Agent.

The other type of employee from the IRS that you may encounter is known as a Revenue Officer .

Now, a Revenue Officer’s whole purpose in life is to collect tax that is on the books of the IRS. They generally make no attempt to determine if the tax is correct or not; all they know is the tax is on the books and it is their job to collect it.

They have various enforcement activities at their disposal. One of which is a Wage Levy / Wage Garnishment and one of which is a Bank Levy.

A Revenue Officer is generally not trying to determine if the amount of tax is correct.

As a matter of fact, the tax can be a result of you filing a tax return or if you haven’t filed a tax return, it can be a result of the IRS filing a tax return on your behalf. It doesn’t matter to the Revenue Officer.

All that the Revenue Officer determines if there is tax on the books and it’s their job to collect it.

So that’s the difference between a Revenue Agent  who is responsible for how much the tax is, what is the tax liability and if its correct, and a Revenue Officer , who doesn’t necessarily care if the tax is correct, but their whole job in life is to collect that tax.

So that’s the difference between a Revenue Agent and a Revenue Officer.