WHAT IS THE Small Business/Self-Employed DIVISION: The Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division provides examinations and taxpayer education services for about 7 million small businesses and upwards of 33 million self-employed and supplemental income taxpayers.
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WHAT DOES AN INTERNAL REVENUE AGENT DO? An Internal Revenue Agent (IRA) conducts examinations of entities including individuals, sole proprietorships, small corporations, partnerships, and fiduciaries that may involve a number of separate tasks or procedures. In this position, you will use your professional knowledge and skill in accounting and auditing techniques and practices to examine various tax returns, determine the correct tax liability, identify situations with potential for understated taxes, and to recognize potential fraud. Many situations may require a specialized knowledge of a particular industry and/or may involve varied or complex systems of accounting. In addition, you will interact with taxpayers and their representatives from varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, provide examination findings, interpretations of tax laws and regulations, and other necessary information to ensure future compliance.
As an Internal Revenue Agent you will:
- Conduct independent examinations and related investigations of income tax returns that cover a diversified spectrum of individual and business taxpayers, to include sole proprietorship, partnerships, fiduciaries, small size C Corporations, and S Corporations. Examinations may also contain special audit features or anticipated accounting, tax law, or investigative issues.
- Conduct examinations to detect unreported income from individual and business taxpayers using financial and other investigative skills.
- Conduct package audits to determine that other required returns such as information, excise, or specialty returns are filed and conduct concurrent examinations or make referrals of these and other returns when warranted.
- Identify issues to be pursued based on large, unusual or questionable items which produce significant tax or compliance effect and utilizes the appropriate tax law and facts needed to resolve them. Recognizes indicators of fraudulent activity and develops appropriate referrals.
- Utilize standard accounting methods and techniques during the course of examinations in order to develop information regarding the income and financial operations of taxpayers.
- Examine accounting systems and records including computerized accounting and financial information systems which reflect a variety of complex financial operations. Gathers and researches data from a variety of sources, and/or specialized accounting practices unique to a particular trade or industry.
- Confer with taxpayer or their representatives to explain the accounting and other issues involved and the applicability of pertinent tax laws and regulations and explains proposed adjustments.
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.
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