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WHAT IS THE RESEARCH, APPLIED ANALYTICS AND STATISTICS DIVISION (RAAS)? Research, Applied Analytics and Statistics (RAAS)anticipates and meets customers’ needs by providing leading research, analytical, statistical, and technology services. RAAS provides an intellectually challenging and supportive environment for our employees. We are the leading source for data analytics, analytical and statistical support, research tools and information, and breakthrough technologies within the IRS. RAAS recommendations, studies and data are effectively used to assist in the administration of the U.S. tax system and to improve IRS performance. Our projects encompass a variety of subjects, including statistical analyses, program evaluations, research on topics affecting tax administration, compliance studies and the administration of enterprise research resources. RAAS serves as a consultant to the IRS Commissioner and the Senior Executive Team and is a strategic partner for decisions affecting Servicewide operations.
WHAT DOES AN ECONOMIST DO? Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics Economists design and execute statistical studies of various filing populations, including individuals, corporations, partnerships, tax-exempt organizations, and international taxpayers. The data and statistics developed by Economists are used by staff in the Treasury department and the US Congress to examine the potential and actual impacts of tax policy decisions and to perform revenue estimation. Statistics and micro-level data are also used in the development of various National economic indicators. Economists also prepare tables, data visualizations, analysis, publications, and reports that provide accessible information on the tax system to the public. Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics Economists work to apply economic analysis to solve problems faced by the IRS in administering the tax code. They produce projects and reports that are used throughout IRS to inform decisions related to compliance, operations, and taxpayer engagement. Working independently or on a team, Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics Economists select statistical methodologies and use software programs to analyze large datasets. Working as part of IRS Headquarters, Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics Economists support senior decision makers at IRS, the Department of the Treasury, and Congress.
As an Economist you will:
- Conduct studies to create tax policy and public dissemination data files.
- Plan, execute and control of projects.
- Keep abreast of economic, statistical and tax literature for data and research methodologies
- Design, plan, and execute statistical studies of tax filing populations, such as corporate, individual, and tax-exempt taxpayers
- Oversee the development and testing of systems designed to capture and perfect statistical data
- Develop statistical tables and written reports that examine trends, entity characteristics, and analytically useful statistics
- Plan tax return study content with data users
- Collaborate with mathematical statisticians to ensure proper sampling and weighting techniques are used
- Work with mathematical statisticians, statisticians and information technology specialists to ensure that sampled paper or efile tax returns are obtained
- Assist in designing and testing data entry/error correction computer systems for paper filed and electronically filed tax returns
- Write data entry/error correction manuals.
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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