Certified Revenue Examiner

In accordance with the Alabama Local Tax Procedures Act, the Alabama Local Tax Institute of Standards and Training (ALTIST) and the Government & Economic Development Institute at Auburn University administer the Alabama Certified Revenue Examiner Program.

This program certifies private examiners of sales and use tax accounts to enhance professionalism and integrity in the examination of business records; develop competence in the conduct of examinations and compliance with Alabama laws governing sales, use, rental, and related taxes; and assist private examiners to remain current in their field through continuing education.

Program Objectives
  • To ensure professionalism and integrity in the examination of business records
  • To ensure competence in the conduct of examinations and compliance with Alabama laws governing sales, use, rental and related taxes
  • To ensure that private examiners remain current in their field through continuing education

ALTIST Certified Auditors’ Hotline number 1-855-638-7092 or 334-844-4706. Policy concerning this hotline.


The following are requirements for this program:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Accounting and two years’ experience in performing audits in tax and licensing
  • Licensure of firms employing examiners
  • Licensure of individuals conducting examinations
  • Completion of the Certified Revenue Examiner education program as developed by the Alabama Local Tax Institute of Standards and Training
Course Description
  • Course 1: Sales and Use Tax Examination – The Legal Environment

    This course addresses local tax procedures, constitutional issues, and recent legal issues affecting local government revenue examiners. Participants will discuss nexus issues such as the Yelverton case, as well as recent Attorney General opinions relevant to and impacting local revenue examiners. Attention will be given to the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, Uniform Revenue Procedures Act, Tax Simplification Act, Local Tax Procedures Act, and procedures for appeal.

  • Course 2: Minimum Examination Program for Local Government Revenue Examiners

    This course provides valuable information to enable local government revenue examiners to competently conduct examinations of business records with professionalism, integrity, and uniformity in accordance and compliance with Alabama laws governing sales, use, rental and related taxes. Participants will also discuss recent court rulings to remain current in their field. At the completion of this course, participants should be able to describe and perform an effective and efficient minimum examination.

  • Course 3: Understanding Laws and Regulations Governing Local Government Revenue

    This course focuses on the abilities to reconstruct income by indirect methods, use tax law, and taxes associated with leasing or renting. Also addresses audit procedures for taxpayers declaring bankruptcy, definitions of types of bankruptcies, and how to deal with statutes of limitations.

  • Course 4: Examination Tools and Techniques

    This course focuses on the Audit Sampling process, and includes subjects, such as covers the relationship of sampling and auditing standards, various sampling techniques, and the difference between non-statistical and statistical auditing sampling. There will also be discussion on Internal Control and what internal control means to an auditor.


CRE Coursework

Completion of 80 hours of coursework approved by the ALTIST Board (four 20 hour tested courses)


Continuing Education Coursework

Completion of 40 hours of continuing education each year to retain certification; at least eight hours must be earned through the ALTIST Certified Revenue Examiner Annual Update Course. The remainder of the 40-hour requirement can be obtained through any approved CPE courses recognized by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, as well as courses offered by the County Revenue Officers Association of Alabama, Government Finance Officers Association or by the Alabama Municipal Revenue Officers Association.

Registration/Cancellation Rule:

Provided that space is available, receipt of the registration form constitutes registration. Written cancellations, received fifteen (15) working days prior to the beginning of the program will be honored with a partial refund of the registration fee, but will be assessed a $50 administrative charge. Due to commitments to instructors and meeting facilities, late cancellations or non-attendance will not be refunded. Substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time.

Required Classes for Certification:

October 25-27, 2017 – CRE I: Sales & Use Tax Examination – The Legal Environment
May 2-4, 2018 – CRE II: Minimum Examination for Local Government Examiners

Continuing Education:

March 9, 2018 – Special Topics 1 – 1st Offering
March 9, 2018 – Special Topics 2 – 1st Offering
April 6, 2018 – Special Issues – 1st Offering
May 18, 2018 – Special Topics 1 – 2nd Offering
May 18, 2018 – Special Topics 2 – 2nd Offering
June 1, 2018 – Update – 1st Offering
July 13, 2018 – Special Issues – 2nd Offering
August 10, 2018 – Update – 2nd Offering
September 7, 2018 – Update – 3rd Offering

As of March 31, 2016 this is a list of Active Private Examiners who have passed the certification process. It is the responsibility of a Private Examiner to be bonded and licensed. This list does not include Certified Revenue Examiners who are employed within City, County, or State agencies and are not required, by law, to complete the CRE certification program.

(Alphabetized by Certification Date)

Full Name Organization Certificate Number Certification Date
Donald Allen Sales Tax Auditing & Collection Service 49002 7/1/2001
Bruce Davis Revenue Discovery Systems 49011 7/1/2001
Jim Moon J. Moon & Associates, Inc. 49026 7/1/2001
Gary W. Muns Revenue Discovery Systems 49030 7/1/2001
Tom Simpson Rivertree Systems, Inc. 49034 7/1/2001
Tom Stephenson Rivertree Systems, Inc. 49036 7/1/2001
James Milford Thomas Rivertree Systems, Inc. 49038 7/1/2001
J. Drew Trobaugh Trobaugh & Company, LLC 49042 7/1/2001
David Wages Rivertree Systems, Inc. 49043 7/1/2001
Jay M. Thomas Rivertree Systems, Inc. 49055 7/1/2002
Lloyd G. Richards Revenue Discovery Systems 49074 3/10/2004
Darryl R. Talley Darryl R Talley, CPA, P.C. 49080 7/9/2004
Richard E. Evers Revenue Discovery Systems 49090 6/3/2005
John William Hallman Revenue Discovery Systems 49108 3/3/2006
Kenneth W. Ware Rivertree Systems 49114 3/3/2006
Michael Atkins 49115 7/31/2006
Sara Katherine Phillips SR Revenue Services, Inc. 49155 7/31/2008
Leslie Payne Revenue Discovery Systems 49172 7/24/2009
O. Doug Smith Revenue Discovery Systems 49173 7/24/2009
Jamie Wagner City of Alabaster 49176 7/24/2009
Jacqueline Finklea Revenue Discovery Systems 49160 10/8/2009
Tracy Warren Pate 49180 5/13/2010
Christopher Wills Revenue Discovery Systems 49181 5/13/2010
Michael Wayne Weaver Rivertree Systems, Inc. 49182 9/1/2010
Gary Grace Revenue Discovery Systems 49184 11/19/2010
Stephanie Fasold Revenue Discovery Systems 49186 2/25/2011
Philip Waxler Revenue Discovery Systems 49189 6/16/2011
Michael W. O'Stean Rivertree Systems, Inc. 49191 3/2/2012
Rachel Brown Parker Revenue Discovery Systems 49193 6/22/2012
Randy Hazel Revenue Discovery Systems 49195 2/22/2013
Shana Woods Revenue Discovery Systems 49194 2/22/2013
Laurel Headley Revenue Discovery Systems 49198 5/17/2013
Cassie Tubbs Revenue Discovery Systems 49201 8/8/2013
Julie Hall Blair Revenue Discovery Systems 49205 5/30/2014
Alyssa Broadhead 49203 5/30/2014
Tanya B. Cross Revenue Discovery Systems 49204 5/30/2014
Margaret J. Michaelis Revenue Discovery Systems 49206 5/30/2014
Henry "Trey" Williford, III Revenue Discovery Systems 49208 5/30/2014
Consuela Jackson Revenue Discovery Systems 49214 8/7/2015
Randolph Scott Elling RiverTree Systems, Inc. 49219 5/10/2016
Joy P. McKee Trobaugh & Company LLC 49218 5/10/2016
Joshua Foshee Revenue Discovery Systems 49220 9/15/2016
Shawn Frey PReMA Corp 49221 9/15/2016
Jeremy Lathem RiverTree Systems, Inc. 49222 9/15/2016
John Lee Pearce Revenue Discovery Systems 49225 12/2/2016
Cortez Rice Revenue Discovery Systems 49223 12/2/2016
Kewanna Thomas Revenue Discovery Systems 49226 12/2/2016
Audrey Gates Revenue Discovery Systems-Refund De 49225 6/16/2017
Areyelle Yarbrough Revenue Discovery Systems 49230 6/16/2017