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Revenue Officer - Direct Hire, 12 Month Roster

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service

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Positions under this announcement are being filled using a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) and a Recruitment Incentive is authorized for eligible, highly-qualified applicants. For information on the Recruitment Incentive please reference the Additional Information section of this announcement.

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WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS SELF EMPLOYED (SBSE) DIVISION?

A description of the business units can be found at: https://www.jobs.irs.gov/about/who/business-divisions

Vacancies will be filled in the following specialty areas:
Field Collection

The following are the duties of this position at the full working level.

  • Collects delinquent tax and secures delinquent returns from taxpayers who have not resolved their obligations in response to prior correspondence or other contact. Conducts interviews with taxpayers (and/or their representatives) in different environments such as the business location, residence or office as part of the investigative process of collecting delinquent taxes and securing delinquent tax returns. Taxpayers at this level normally include individuals with relatively large gross income from diversified sources, self employed professionals, medium sized partnerships, corporations involved retail, manufacturing, construction, wholesale, and other businesses as well as smaller businesses with valuable or unusual assets.
  • Provides customer service by respecting and explaining the taxpayer's rights, IRS policies and procedures. Provides instructions, and analyzes issues presented by taxpayers, practitioners and IRS employees. Customer service is based upon learning, interpreting, and applying IRM policies and procedures, regulations, court decisions, state and local laws, and various Titles of the United States Code. Provides instructions, and analyzes issues presented by taxpayers, practitioners and IRS employees. Resolve account discrepancies and responds to taxpayer and practitioner requests.
  • Performs credit and financial analysis of the taxpayer financial records to determine the taxpayer's financial condition and ability to pay outstanding tax obligations and prevent future delinquencies. Analyzes financial information and evaluates assets. Applies expense standards and provides guidance on a wide range of financial alternatives to assist taxpayers in identifying options that could assist in resolving delinquent tax obligations including installment agreements, offers in compromise or suspending collection action. Evaluates and compares taxpayers' financial information to internal and external sources to verify taxpayers' financial condition. The purpose of the analysis is to develop a clear plan of action to resolve the case. For business taxpayers, analyzes financial statements that include balance sheets, income statements and profit and loss statements.
  • Performs financial investigations in situations in which taxpayers are unwilling to be forthcoming concerning assets and sources of income. Searches public records, tax returns, and financial and credit information to locate distrainable assets. Summonses taxpayer records and other financial information from the taxpayer and financial institutions or other third parties. Confers with internal and external advisors, analysts, or attorneys (for example: Counsel or Department of Justice) regarding case development, issue determination, case processing and coordination. Develops a feasible plan of action to resolve the case. Recognizes patterns of delay and other indicators that a taxpayer is not cooperating or attempting to defeat assessment or collection of delinquent tax.
  • Plans and takes appropriate enforcement actions to secure an assessment on past due returns, such as summonsing tax records, referrals to examination or assessing taxes using IRC 6020(b), or prompt, quick and jeopardy assessments. Takes appropriate enforced collection action, such as levies, redemptions, seizures, nominee liens, judicial actions, or fraud investigation. Conducts trust fund recovery penalty investigations: evaluates willfulness, responsibility and authority, and recommends penalty assessments. Prepares affidavits, statements and testimony for court cases, such as summons enforcement, or seizure action. Files and releases Federal tax liens.

This position has career progression. If you are selected at a grade level lower than the full working level, you may be non-competitively promoted as your career progresses. For example, you may be hired as a GS-07, but if the position has career progression to GS-11, then you may move from a GS-07 to a GS-11 in as little as two years.

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Telework Eligible Positions: Telework eligible positions do not guarantee telework. Employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements (e.g., reporting at least twice a pay period to your assigned Post of Duty (POD)) and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. Employees must also be within a 200-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National and provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired U.S. Passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240))
  • Undergo a review of prior performance/conduct and an income tax verification. Refer to "Get Your Tax Record" at http://www.irs.gov/(https://www.irs.gov/individuals/get-transcript) to check the status of your account, balance owed, payment history, make a payment, or review answers to tax questions. If you are not in compliance, you will be determined unsuitable for employment with IRS.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. These documents must be unexpired original or certified copies.
  • The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act prohibits the Department of Treasury and its bureaus from requesting an applicant's criminal history record before that individual receives a conditional offer of employment. In accordance with 5 U.S. Code § 9202(c) and 5 C.F.R § 920.201 certain positions are exempt from the provisions of the Fair Chance to Compete Act. Applicants who believe they have been subjected to a violation of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act, may submit a written complaint to the Department of Treasury by email at, FairChanceAct@treasury.gov. To learn more, please visit our page at: Treasury.gov/fairchanceact.

Qualifications

Federal experience is not required. 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-timework 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.

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

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-07 LEVEL:
You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience must demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Knowledge of business organization and commercial practices.
  • Knowledge of investigative techniques and methods, and the ability to apply such techniques to the analysis of business and financial matters.
  • Practical knowledge of business law, including laws governing fraudulent transfers, secured and unsecured debts, negotiable instruments, business corporations, and survivorship rights and titling instruments.
  • Knowledge of delinquent loan collection processes and techniques; working knowledge of accounting principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and related Federal tax regulations and procedures.
Specialized experience also includes experience reviewing financial documents to determine a business' financial condition and its ability to pay debt. Experience that demonstrates knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code, IRM policies and procedures to analyze the operations, financial condition, and profitability of taxpayers to determine case resolution. Experience may have been gained in work such as: Evaluating income assets, equity and credit to collect delinquent payments; Investigating or tracing financial transactions such as a real estate broker or insurance broker; Establishing or operating a small business that included administering a budget, defining operating procedures and understanding tax consequences of business actions; Counseling taxpayers on tax filing and paying obligations; Dealing with the effects of various legal instruments such as leases, wills, deeds, and trusts.
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You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: One (1) academic year of graduate education in a field of study such as: business administration (finance, accounting, auditing, marketing and business law), law, economics, criminology, political science, government, public administration or another related field;
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 2 years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last 2 years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies;
OR
A combination of experience and education.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-09 LEVEL:
You must have 1 year of specialized experience a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Experience must demonstrate knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and related enforcement and collection regulations and procedures. Experience may have been gained in work such as:
  • Collecting delinquent Federal taxes and securing delinquent returns;
  • Conducting investigations of alleged criminal violations of Federal tax statutes and making recommendations for criminal prosecutions and civil penalties;
  • Performing internal audit, administrative, or management duties directly related to the collection of Federal taxes;
  • Furnishing taxpayer assistance and information to the general public or determining, re-determining, or advising of liability for Federal taxes where the applicant was required to apply a comprehensive knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations and procedures pertaining to income, estate, gift, employment, or excise taxes;
Specialized experience also includes experience with business organization and commercial practices; experience that demonstrates practical knowledge of business law, including laws such as, governing fraudulent transfers, secured and unsecured debts, negotiable instruments, business corporations, and survivorship rights and titling instruments. Experience with conducting financial analysis, including the ability to analyze the operations, financial condition, and profitability of taxpayers including the valuation of assets for case resolution. Uses arithmetic and mathematical reasoning to resolve collection determination issues. Experience that demonstrates knowledge of electronic data exchange and the ability to conduct business online including use of the internet and intranet.
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You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:
Master's or equivalent degree or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a related field of study such as business administration (finance, accounting, auditing, marketing and business law), law, economics, criminology, political science, government, public administration or another related field;
OR
LL.B or J.D., if related;
OR
A combination of experience and education.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-11 LEVEL:
You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Experience must demonstrate knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and related enforcement and collection regulations and procedures. Experience may have been gained in work such as:
  • Collecting delinquent Federal taxes and securing delinquent returns.
  • Conducting investigations of alleged criminal violations of Federal tax statutes and making recommendations for criminal prosecutions and civil penalties.
  • Performing internal audit, administrative, or management duties directly related to the collection of Federal taxes.
  • Furnishing taxpayer assistance and information to the general public or determining, re-determining, or advising of liability for Federal taxes where the applicant was required to apply a comprehensive knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations and procedures pertaining to income, estate, gift, employment, or excise taxes.
Specialized experience also includes experience with a wide range business law and the interrelationship between Federal and state laws and its effect on moderate complex legal instruments; experience with financial/managerial accounting principles, terminology, practices and methods to analyze financial records; experience that demonstrates knowledge of electronic data exchange and the ability to conduct business online including use of the internet and intranet. Experience may have been gained in work such as: Collection activities using a variety of Collection tools such as Levy, Notice of Federal Tax lien, seizure, and suits; Secure delinquent returns using a variety of tools such as summons and preparing substitute for returns per IRC 6020(b); Use computer systems to capture information secured and to aid in the collection of Federal taxes or delinquent Federal tax returns and to conduct research such as locator services, credit bureaus reports, and real estate programs; Prepare the assembly of trust fund recovery penalty files, suit and seizure packages and lien activities packages including discharge, subordination, and withdrawal.

See Education Section for continued information regarding Specialized Experience for GS-11.

For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards.

Education

***SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR GS-11 LEVEL CONTINUED FROM QUALIFICATIONS SECTION***
OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Ph. D or equivalent degree or 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a related field such as business administration (finance, accounting, auditing, marketing and business law), law, economics, criminology, political science, government, public administration or another related field;
OR
LL.M., if related;
OR
A combination of experience and education

For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. 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.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

This position will be filled through the Direct Hire Authority. Under this authority, competitive rating, ranking, and veterans' preference procedures do not apply. Your application will be considered based on education, training, and quality of your experience. For more information on Direct-Hire Authority visit: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet.

Your application must include 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.

Referral: Applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. Candidates 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 practices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced Federal employee (eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must be found "well qualified" for the position. Well qualified is defined as: experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, demonstrated by meeting all the competencies for this position.

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Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.

  1. Resume - Your resume MUST contain dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or present). To ensure you receive full credit for relevant experience, include the hours worked per week. We recommend that your resume not exceed 5 pages. If including Federal service experience, you MUST provide the pay plan, series, and grade, i.e., GS-0301-09. If the pay plan, series, and grade are not provided, it may result in an ineligible determination.
    Your resume must NOT include photographs, classified or government sensitive information, social security number (SSN), encrypted/digitally signed documents, or other inappropriate material or content. If your resume contains prohibited information as listed above, your application will be determined ineligible, and you will not receive consideration for this position. (Cover letters are optional.) Please view Resume Tips.
    It is also recommended that your resume not include personal information such as age, gender, religion, race, disability, etc.
  2. Online Application - Questionnaire
  3. Education - See Education Section above
  4. Registration/License (If Applicable) - active, current registration/license
  5. Veterans' Preference (if applicable) - You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. If you are serving under active duty, provide certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released within 120 days from the date of certification. The certification must indicate your dates of service, rank and that you will be separated under honorable conditions.
    10-point preference eligible - Submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15. Veterans Affairs/Armed Forces certification must include the percentage of the service-connected disability or disabilities (including the "combined" percentage if you have more than one disability). Refer to FedsHireVets for additional information on veterans' preference.
  6. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) (If Applicable) - IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area. Treasury CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within the commuting area. Find required documentation at: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP).
  7. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) (If Applicable) - If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.
  8. High School Diploma (or equivalent) - If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you MUST submit documentation of graduation from high school (or equivalent); OR completion of a formal vocational training program; OR statement from school authorities agreeing with your decision to pursue employment rather than continuing your education.
Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

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SBSE COLL - Collection Operations
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