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WHAT DOES AN ECONOMIST DO? Economists perform a variety of economic studies to evaluate policies affecting tax administration and taxpayer compliance, and to define feasible alternatives. They provide senior management with analyses of problems for decisions that must be made under conditions of uncertainty, such as changes in the future economic environment or managerial priorities. They assess the economic aspects of existing programs and activities to determine their investment potential and contribution to the achievement of the IRS mission. They manipulate models of alternative proposals to determine the efficacy of proposed policies and procedures. They prepare written materials explaining the methodology used, which is presented to and used by IRS management. They evaluate quantitative data to determine the effectiveness of various approaches to redesigning IRS work processes. They recommend different courses of action as necessary, and represent the office at meetings with other Executive Branch agencies, Congressional staff, and external stakeholders. They plan and carry out projects for collecting detailed economic data from primary sources.
WHAT IS THE REASEARCH, APPLIED, ANALYTICS & STATISTICS (RAAS) DIVISION? 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.
As an Economist you will:
- Perform a wide variety of economic studies to evaluate policies affecting tax administration and taxpayer compliance and to define feasible alternatives, which involves analyzing long-range effectiveness and resulting recommendations.
- Provide senior management with analyses of problems for decisions, which must be made under condition of uncertainty, such as changes in the future economic and demographic environment or technology, or changes in managerial priorities.
- Assumes technical responsibility for various phases of initiation, formulation, planning, execution and control of major special studies or continuous projects.
- Keeps abreast of economic, statistical and tax literature for data and research methodology appropriate for inclusion in the research process and also as a means of helping to evaluate the reasonableness of the data.
- Prepare written narrative and/or briefing materials explaining the methodology used and supporting recommendations derived from the analyses, which may be presented to and used by the highest levels of IRS management in discussions with Treasury, OMB, GAO, and Congress.
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
Occasional travel - 1 to 5 nights per month
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