How to become a Taxation Compliance Officer

Taxation compliance officers check and assess taxation returns to ensure they comply with government legislation.

Personal requirements of a Taxation Compliance Officer

  • Friendly, helpful and patient
  • strong attention to detail
  • confident working with financial information
  • able to resolve conflict
  • able to deal members of the public in a polite, and at times firm, manner
  • able to interpret complex legislation
  • honest and reliable
  • discreet when dealing with confidential information
  • self-motivated
  • able to work independently.

Duties & Tasks of a Taxation Compliance Officer

Taxation compliance officers may perform the following tasks:

  • carry out random checks of documents to detect non-compliance with taxation legislation
  • arrange pre-audit meetings with taxpayers to discuss the scope and process of the audit
  • investigate and report suspected breaches of taxation legislation
  • conduct interviews with taxpayers and their representatives
  • advise taxpayers and their representatives on the applications of tax laws throughout the report process
  • review client files
  • assess federal and state taxation obligations where relevant
  • participate in the education of taxpayers about taxation obligations
  • prepare audit reports and follow up on any actions required as a result of report findings
  • answer telephone enquiries.

Working conditions for a Taxation Compliance Officer

Depending on the type of work, taxation compliance officers often spend a significant amount of time visiting clients and working through a mobile computing platform. At other times they communicate with clients over the phone.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 13.2%

NT 0%

QLD 4.4%

SA 6.9%

TAS 0%

VIC 40.3%

WA 35.2%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 86%

Female 14%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 14.1%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 50%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 2.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 2.1%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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