Eligible applicants who apply by 3/11/2019 will be considered first. If vacancies exist, applicants that apply after 3/11/19 will be considered for the following cutoffs 7/2/19, 9/30/19, 12/30/19.
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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.
WHAT DOES A TAX SPECIALIST (TCO) DO? As a Tax Specialist (TCO) you are responsible for planning, scheduling, and conducting independent Face-to-Face Examinations and related investigations of individual and/or business taxpayers. During these examinations that Tax Compliance Officer 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.
As a Tax Compliance Officer you will:
Plan and conduct examinations and related investigations of a variety of individual and/or business taxpayers.
Review examinations and related investigations of a variety of individual and business taxpayers involving complex tax issues and accounting records.
Advise taxpayers of their rights as defined in the examination and appeal guidelines, the actual examination procedures, and an explanation of current tax and reporting responsibilities and the importance and benefit of meeting future responsibilities.
Research taxpayer accounts and determine whether penalty and interest determinations are in compliance with statutory provisions, procedural and policy requirements.
Maintain a comprehensive knowledge and proficiency in performing complex interest calculations using a variety of computational software.
Recognize indicators of fraudulent activity and develops appropriate referrals.
Train and provide guidance to taxpayers, practitioners, and volunteers on technical tax law and accounting policies, practices, and principles as it relates to pertinent tax law modifications through seminars, speeches, or workshops.
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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0526 Tax Specialist
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The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
This is a bargaining unit position.
Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements.
Tour of Duty: Monday
4:30pm, start time may be negotiable.
You must meet the following requirements by the cutoff/closing date of this announcement.
GS-5 LEVEL: You must have three years of general experience one year of which was at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-4 in the Federal Service. General experience for this positions includes: Experience providing general knowledge of business practices. Such experience may have been gained in government, business or industry, investigative work, banking, law, accounting, or other work appropriate to the position to be filled. OR Four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (120 Semester Hours/180 Quarter Hours) at an accredited college or university at an accredited college or university OR A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) obtained through written examination in a State, territory or the District of Columbia.
GS-7 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience using substantive knowledge of business practices, basic accounting principles, and Federal tax laws and regulations; and that required the ability to audit tax records, analyze systems and bookkeeping, use fact-finding techniques, and develop interpersonal skills. 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 two years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in your major field of study or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of study, or rank in the upper one third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR One year of graduate education in a related field of study such as: business administration, finance, accounting, auditing, taxation, law or other related fields.
GS-9 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience that demonstrated a substantive knowledge of business practices, basic accounting principles, and Federal tax laws and bookkeeping, use fact-finding techniques, and develop interpersonal skills. Qualifying experience should demonstrate knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code, regulations and administrative procedures related to the full range of personal, business, and other tax-related issues. Examples of qualifying experience include: Auditing various types of tax returns to determine tax liability of individual tax payers, businesses, or corporations; Interpreting and applying pertinent parts of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations and procedures; Making determinations or audit on liability for Federal taxes; Program evaluation, internal audit or administrative management of the assessment and collection of Federal taxes; Investigating alleged criminal violations of Federal tax statutes and making recommendations for criminal prosecution and assertion of civil penalties; or collecting delinquent Federal taxes, including canvassing for unreported taxes due, and securing delinquent returns; OR A. Master's or equivalent degree or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in accounting, auditing, taxation, business administration, law, or other related fields; OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.
You may also qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.
In addition, applicants must demonstrate their knowledge of Principles of Accounting and Basic Accounting. Candidates can demonstrate this knowledge either through successful completion of 6 semester hours/ 9 quarter hours of college level accounting work or successfully passing an IRS Online Basic Accounting Assessment (BAA).
A copy of your official or unofficial college transcripts must be uploaded with your resume or you will receive an invite to take the online Basic Accounting Assessment (BAA). You must pass this assessment in order to meet the accounting requirement for this position. If selected for this position you will be required to submit a copy of your official transcripts prior to placement.
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-time work 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.
In addition to the above requirements, you must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
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