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    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PATHWAYS PROGRAM? For additional information regarding the Pathways Program, please refer to: Students & Recent Graduates on USAJOBS.

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    WHAT IS THE LARGE BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL (LB&I) DIVISION? The Large Business and International (LB&I) business unit provides service and enforcement activities to support tax compliance of businesses and related entities with assets of $10 million or more, as well as small U.S. businesses engaged in international, U.S. citizens abroad, and foreign persons and businesses with a U.S. tax requirement.

    WHAT IS THE APPEALS DIVISION? Independent by statute, staffed by highly trained professionals who provide mediation for any taxpayer contesting IRS compliance actions. Appeals is the last opportunity for the IRS and a taxpayer to resolve disputes prior to litigation, and ensures that all taxpayers can receive an impartial review of their tax case.

    IRS Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. 

    Following the completion of program requirements, selectees may be considered for non-competitive conversion to a career-conditional or term appointment. All conversion requirements will be identified in the Participant Agreement. Program requirements include but are not limited to: Successful completion of at least 2 years of continuous service; Completion of at least 40 hours of interactive training; Mentorship; Demonstration of successful job performance; and Meet the qualification position standards. Conversion is not guaranteed or implied. 

    If selected, you will be placed in a developmental position as a Tax Specialist , GS-0526-5/7 with promotion potential to the GS-09 in the Large Business and International (LB&I) or Appeals division.

    WHAT DOES A TAX SPECIALIST DO? As a Tax Specialist, you are responsible for planning, scheduling, and conducting independent Correspondence Examinations and related investigations of individual and/or business taxpayers. During these examinations that Tax Specialist 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. In this position, you will also provide tax law and tax-related accounting educational assistance to both internal and external customers.

    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-9. You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    As a Tax Specialist you will:

    • Plan and conduct examinations and related investigations of a variety of individual taxpayers, exempt organizations, employee plans or government entities involving complex tax issues, financial records and typical methods.
    • 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 utilize the tax law and facts needed to resolve them.
    • Recognizes indicators of fraudulent activity and develops appropriate referrals.
    • 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.
    • Assist and advise taxpayers in meeting their Federal Tax obligations. Assistance is technical and covers full range of individual income taxes, or business, corporation and employment taxes.
    • Confer with taxpayers and/or their representatives to explain accounting and other issues involved and its applicability to tax law, regulations and explain proposed adjustments.
    • Research and assist in reconstruction of taxpayer records, determining basis of assets or investments, and determining taxability of trusts in order to ensure compliance with tax law.
    • Assist taxpayers with preparation of tax returns that include referring to required documentation, such as Schedule K-1, W-2, 1099, and carryover information to Schedule C, payroll records, ledgers, balance sheets and other substantiating records.
    • Perform research, analysis, and necessary computations, to recommend adjustments to taxpayer’s accounts, makes adjustments as appropriate, initiates credit transfers, payment tracers, re-computes tax, penalty and interest, prepares manual refunds, makes abatements and prepares and executes waivers to extend statutes.

    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

    25% or less - Travel up to one to five nights per month

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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