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Internal Revenue Agent (Employment Tax Specialist)

Company: Department Of The Treasury
Location: Fresno
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS/SELF-EMPLOYED (SB/SE) DIVISION? 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.

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Responsibilities

WHAT DOES AN INTERNAL REVENUE AGENT, EMPLOYMENT TAX SPECIALIST DO? As an Internal Revenue Agent, Employment Tax Specialist, you will conduct examinations of employment tax returns filed by businesses. The examinations require special ability in accounting and auditing as well as technical knowledge of employment tax laws and industry practices. Examiners will be required to determine the appropriate payments made to workers, develop the facts to determine how these payments are required to be reported and ensure the business is following all reporting and filing requirements. Business size can range from small sole proprietorships to large and complex business firms with extensive operations and/or operating divisions.

As an Internal Revenue Agent Employment Tax Specialist you will:

  • Conduct pre-audit analysis of assigned cases, researching any available background materials, and formulates a plan for the audit.
  • Perform employment tax examination(s) of businesses ranging from small sole proprietorships to very large and complex business entities with extensive operations often conducted through subsidiaries or other related operating components.
  • Utilize advanced investigative, interviewing, fact-finding and auditing techniques in the examination of books and records and accounting systems to determine if the tax has been accurately reported.
  • Research available guidelines and reference material to resolve questions of employment tax law that may arise during the course of the examination. Since issue(s) can involve complex areas without precedent or the subject of conflicting precedents, this research may necessity be intensive and precise.
  • Prepare a written report and inform the taxpayer or representative of any changes to tax liability, explaining reasons for the adjustment. Negotiate to reach agreement with the taxpayer and explains appeal procedures as necessary.
  • Prepare case(s) for National Office technical advice.
  • Confer with industry representatives to discuss employment tax compliance projects with the goal of obtaining compliance on an industry-wide basis. Provides technical advice and assistance to industry and union representatives including written determinations on, for example, Form SS-8 requests involving large numbers of individuals.
  • Conduct Employment Tax examination(s), remains alert for other possible areas of tax potential and for indications of tax fraud. Refer cases as appropriate. May work jointly with Special Agents on major criminal fraud cases.

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.

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

Occasional travel - Travel may be required 6 - 10 nights per month.

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12

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0512 Internal Revenue Agent

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Qualifications

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

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's or higher degree in accounting from an accredited college or university that included at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) in accounting or 24 semester hours in accounting and an additional 6 semester hours in related subjects such as business law, economics, statistical/quantitative methods, computerized accounting or financial systems, financial management or finance. OR

A combination of experience and education at an accredited college or university equivalent to a four year degree that included courses equivalent to a major in accounting, i.e. at least 30 semester hours in accounting or 24 semester hours in accounting and 6 semester hours in related subjects as described above; OR

A Certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) obtained through written examination in a State, territory or the District of Columbia; OR

Currently serving as an Internal Revenue Agent GS-0512 and have been in this position for at least one year or was previously an Internal Revenue Agent GS-0512 and held the position for at least one year; AND

You must possess the following professional accounting knowledge: Knowledge of Principles of Accounting, Knowledge of Intermediate Accounting, Knowledge of Cost Accounting, Knowledge of Advanced Accounting, and Knowledge of Auditing. For more information on the required accounting knowledge, please refer to Internal Revenue Agent Basic Requirements . This knowledge is typically acquired by completion of an accounting degree from a four-year college or university. If not from an academic environment, the knowledge can also be obtained from certain work experience.

In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

GS-07 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Knowledge of and skill in applying the principles, concepts and methodology of professional accounting and related fields; and skill in communicating and dealing effectively with others. Qualifying experience may have been in accounting, auditing, tax, financial, legal, or other work that required the knowledge and skill defined above; OR

One year of graduate level education in accounting, or a related field such as business, finance, law, economics, management, statistical/quantitative methods or computer science.

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.

GS-09 LEVEL: In addition to the meeting the basic requirement, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Knowledge of and skill in applying the principle of accounting, auditing, tax, financial, legal or other work that required knowledge of and skill in applying the principles, concepts and methodology of professional accounting and related fields and skill in communicating and dealing effectively with others; OR

You may qualify if you have two years of graduate level education leading to a master's degree or master's (or equivalent) degree in accounting or related field of business, finance, law, economics, management, statistical/quantitative methods or computer science. Graduate level education is education above the bachelor's degree level.

GS-11 LEVEL: In addition to the meeting the basic requirement, 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. Specialized experience for this position includes: Knowledge of and skill in applying professional accounting principles, concepts and methodology in the examination of accounting books, records and systems, skill in interpreting and applying tax law for individuals and business and/or exempt organizations, knowledge of business and trade practices to analyze business operations and financial conditions, and skill in interacting effectively in a wide range of situations with a broad range of individuals.

GS-12 LEVEL: In addition to the meeting the basic requirement, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrates experience that includes extensive knowledge of tax laws, regulations, precedents and policies relating to employment taxes in order to perform employment tax examinations, and application of professional auditing and accounting knowledge to medium to large business organizations and involving varied and complex systems of accounting sufficient to perform examinations. Examples of qualifying experience include: The interpretation and application of Federal tax law for individuals, business and/or exempt organizations, partnerships, and corporations; applying knowledge of business and trade practices to develop tax issues based on analysis and evaluation of overall business operations and financial condition; applying knowledge of corporate financial transactions and financial management principles and practices; AND interacting effectively with a broad range of individuals and negotiating with specialists in accounting, legal, tax, and other similar business related professions.

You qualify if you have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. equivalent doctoral degree in a related field such as accounting, business, finance, law, economics, management, statistical/quantitative methods, or computer science. Graduate level education is education above the bachelor's degree level.

For Grades 7 through 11: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

  • 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.

You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

Education

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS: 98713 (GS-12), 98714 (GS-11), 98715 (GS-09), 98716 (GS-07);

A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • 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 - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • 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
  • May be required to file a confidential financial disclosure report with 30 days of selection and annually from then on.
  • This position has a formal training plan and pay retention MAY be applicable.

Keywords: Department Of The Treasury, Fresno , Internal Revenue Agent (Employment Tax Specialist), Other , Fresno, California

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