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    Summary

    WHAT IS THE TAX EXEMPT AND GOVERNMENT ENTITIES (TE/GE) DIVISION? Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division serves Employee Plans which examines the returns of qualified pension benefit plans compliance. Exempt Organizations ensures not-for-profit organizations meet tax-exempt status requirements.  And, Government Entities ensures organizations meet their tax withholding and employment tax payment requirements.

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    Responsibilities

    WHAT DOES A TAX COMPLIANCE OFFICER DO? As a Tax Compliance Officer you are responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting independent Correspondence Examinations and related investigations of individual and/or business taxpayers. During these examinations that Tax Compliance Officer determines and advises on Federal tax liability as well as conducts an analysis of the taxpayer's financial condition and related operations. These examinations may include individual non-business with wages and investment income, sole proprietors, individuals with business and other supplemental income, partnerships, small C corporations, and S corporations. In this position, you will also provide tax law and tax-related accounting educational assistance to both internal and external customers.

    As a Tax Compliance Officer you will:

    • Plan and conduct examinations and related investigations of a variety of individual and/or business taxpayers.
    • Advise taxpayers of their rights as defined in the examination and appeal guidelines, the actual examination procedures, and an explanation of current tax and reporting responsibilities and the importance and benefit of meeting future responsibilities.
    • Conduct package audits to determine that other required returns are filed. Conduct concurrent examinations of these and other related returns when warranted.
    • Identify issues to be pursued based on large, unusual or questionable items that produce a significant tax or compliance effect and utilizes the tax law and facts needed to resolve them. Recognize indicators of fraudulent activity and develops appropriate referrals.
    • Determine and consider the collectibility of potential tax deficiencies at all stages of the examination. Solicit payment and/or offers installment agreements when appropriate. Prepare work papers and reports documenting findings and conclusions
    • Provide guidance and limited training to targeted audiences that may include taxpayers or IRS employees on technical tax law and accounting policies, practices, and principles as it relates to pertinent tax law modifications.

    If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 01 to 05 Travel Nights per Month

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    09

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    0526 Tax Specialist

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

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    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments.

    **AMENDED TO CORRECT JOB TITLE / CLOSING DATE / CUT-OFF DATES / NUMBER OF VACANCIES PER POD**

    **In addition, applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of Principles of Accounting and Basic Accounting. Candidates can demonstrate this knowledge either through successful completion of 6 semester hours/ 9 quarter hours of college level accounting work or successfully passing an IRS Online Basic Accounting Assessment. If selected for this position, you will be required to submit a copy of your official transcripts prior to placement.**

    A copy of your official or unofficial college transcripts must be uploaded with your resume or you will receive an invite to take the online accounting assessment.  You must pass this assessment in order to meet the accounting requirement for this position.  If selected for this position you will be required to submit a copy of your official transcripts prior to placement.

    GS-9 masters degree must be in a related field.

    Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (05/07/09 grade levels)
    You must demonstrate your knowledge of Principles of Accounting. Candidates can demonstrate this knowledge either through successful completion of 6 semester hours/ 9 quarter hours of college level accounting work or successfully passing an IRS administered accounting assessment.

    In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

    GS-05 LEVEL: You must have 3 years of general experience and one year of which was at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-04 grade level in the Federal service. General experience, for this position includes: General knowledge of business, practices. Such experience may have been gained in government, business or industry, investigative work, banking, law, or accounting. OR A Bachelor's or higher degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university. OR Four years of progressive academic study (120 Sem Hrs/180 Qtr Hrs) at an accredited college or university. OR A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) obtained through written examination or membership in the bar of a State, territory or the District of Columbia. OR

    GS-7 LEVEL:  You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position includes: experience that demonstrates a substantive knowledge of business practices, basic accounting principles, and Federal tax laws and regulations; and that required the ability to audit tax records, analyze systems and bookkeeping, use fact-finding techniques, and develop interpersonal skills; OR

    One year of graduate education in a related field of study such as: business administration, finance, accounting, auditing, taxation, law or other related fields; OR
    Superior Academic Achievement may be met by having a Bachelor’s degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last two years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in your major field of study or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of study, or rank in the upper one third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies; OR Note: Grade point averages should be rounded to one decimal point. For example, 2.95 is rounded to 3.0, and 2.94 is rounded to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an Honor Society.
    Combination of qualifying graduate education and experience equal to that amount required.

    GS-9 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience that demonstrated a substantive knowledge of business practices, basic accounting principles, and Federal tax laws and regulations; and that required the ability to audit tax records, analyze systems and bookkeeping, use fact-finding techniques, and develop interpersonal skills. Qualifying experience should demonstrate knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code, regulations and administrative procedures related to the full range of personal, business, and other tax-related issues. Examples of qualifying experience include: Auditing various types of tax returns to determine tax liability of individual tax payers, businesses, or corporations; Interpreting and applying pertinent parts of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations and procedures; Making determinations or audit on liability for Federal taxes; Program evaluation, internal audit or administrative management of the assessment and collection of Federal taxes; Investigating alleged criminal violations of Federal tax statutes and making recommendations for criminal prosecution and assertion of civil penalties; or collecting delinquent Federal taxes, including canvassing for unreported taxes due, and securing delinquent returns; OR
    A Master's or equivalent degree or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in accounting, auditing, taxation, business administration, law, or other related fields; OR

    LLB or JD; OR

    Combination of qualifying graduate education and experience equal to the amount required.


    For Grades 05 through 09: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    -The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

    -To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
    In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

    You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

    Education

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    Additional information

    10 positions are located in Tax Exempt and Government Entities, Exempt Organizations or Government Entities, Indian and Tribal Governments/Tax Exempt Bonds, Technical at either of the following locations: 2484 S. Washington Blvd., Suite 200, Ogden, UT 84401 (UT1431); 7125 Industrial Rd., Florence, KY 41042 (KY3016); or 200 West Fourth Street, Covington, KY 41011 (KY0085).

    **If additional vacancies are to be filled, they will be filled:**

    6 positions to be filled at 2484 S Washington Blvd Ste 200, Ogden, UT 84401 (UT1431); 2 positions to be filled at 7125 Industrial Rd, Florence, KY 41042 (KY3016); 2 positions to be filled at 200 W Fourth St, Covington, KY, 41011 (KY0085).

    POSITION DESCRIPTIONS: GS-05 93513, GS-07 93512, GS-09 93192

    A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

      • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
      • This is a bargaining unit position.
      • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
      • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements
      • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.  
      • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of selection  and annually from then on.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated on the CJEs of the position to be filled per the National Agreement Article 13. Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/.

    Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    If you are in the group to be assessed and you are tentatively qualified for this position based upon your responses to the application questions, you will receive an e-mail directing you to the on-line assessments including directions for accessing the assessment website and a user log-in with a password. If you have a current assessment score (see note below) you will not be directed to the assessment.

    Referral:
    If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the  Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    NOTE: Your on-line assessments and interview results are good for an indefinite period of time. You will only be allowed to take the on-line Self Assessment/Job Simulation Assessment (SA/JS) and interview once within a 12-month period. You will only be allowed to take the Basic Accounting Assessment (BAA) once in a 6 month period. If you choose to retake any of the assessments after the retake restriction, your most current score will be used.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

    IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP):
    You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS:
    Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal. If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION
    If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

    A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    As a current employee, you know the great benefits we offer. Should you have any questions about benefits, please contact the Employee Resource Center (ERC) at 1-866-743-5748 option #1 for ERC.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    This is a roster announcement open continuously and allows applicants to apply up to the last cutoff date listed in the announcement. The roster will be used to fill positions throughout the next 12 months. We are projecting approximately 10 vacancies may be filled during the life of this roster open period of 1/30/19 to 12/09/19 – selections may be made through 3/09/20. Contingent upon funding and space requirements, one or more vacancies may be filled at the locations listed in this announcement as they become available in that location during the life of this roster. Applicants need to apply and be eligible by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) at the close of each of the following cutoff dates to be considered: 2/12/2019, 06/07/2019, 09/09/2019 and 12/09/2019. Applicants may also update their applications by the cut off dates listed.

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.


    Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at https://jobs.irs.gov/seasonal/reasonable-accommodation.html We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Larisa Pratcher via email at Larisa.m.pratcher@irs.gov if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

      • To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
      • You will be re-directed to Treasury’s CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.
      • To complete, you must click the “Submit Application” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.
      • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received.
      • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

        If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.

    Agency contact information

    IRS Jobs Online Help Desk

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    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    5333 Getwell Rd., Stop 9417
    Memphis, Tennessee 38118
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    WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? As an IRS employee, you will feel proud knowing you helped make America stronger while working at one of the world’s biggest financial institutions. You will be part of an organization that collects over $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns annually. We are proud of how we apply the tax law with integrity and fairness to all. The IRS hires talented and dedicated individuals from many backgrounds, including accounting, business, finance, law enforcement & information technology. You will be challenged and supported on a daily basis. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new opportunity, consider an IRS career.

    Next steps

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on “more information.”
    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/522956100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.