Accounting, Budget and Finance

You don’t just have to be a business, accounting or finance major to perform the work of the IRS. We have opportunities for anyone interested in applying their skills to important work in an environment of collaboration with key professionals. No matter what position you take on here, you’ll experience autonomy and independence, as well as clear growth opportunities.

Learn more about the accounting, business and finance careers we offer:

Accounting Professionals

Accounting defines the IRS as an agency within the US Treasury, and it encompasses a wide universe of thinking, operations and goals. Our professionals work to design, develop, operate or inspect accounting systems; prescribe accounting standards, policies and requirements; examine, analyze and interpret accounting data, records or reports; and provide accounting or financial management advice and assistance to management. These duties make an IRS accounting position multifaceted, creative, evaluative — and satisfying.

Business and Finance Professionals

Your background in business or finance can put you in an environment where your time management skills and decision-making ability contribute to your success, and where you have a direct impact on our bottom line. Apply your skills to virtually any of our professional fields as an: Accountant, Economist, Statistician, Auditor, Industry Specialist, Tax Specialist, Budget Analyst, Tax Compliance Officer, Internal Revenue Officer, Internal Revenue Agent, Criminal Investigator — and the list goes on.

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Not only do you get first-class training when you walk in the door, but your professional skills will be kept sharp and up-to-date. Throughout your career, you can take advantage of specialized training delivered by some of the best instructors in and outside of the government. And our Human Resources Investment Fund will help you pay for college classes. This plus your willingness to take on new responsibilities will keep you in control of your own professional development, with the opportunity to advance throughout one of the government’s largest agencies.

Internal Revenue Agent

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Whether you are starting a career or are a seasoned professional, the reasons to bring your career to the IRS keep adding up. Here you will excel with one of the largest financial institutions in the world and be a part of one of the most well-trained and dedicated workforces anywhere. If you want to be an expert in accounting and tax law, then the Internal Revenue Service is the place for you. In fact, the IRS is one of the largest single employers of professional accountants.

If you are a recent college graduate with at least 30 hours of accounting courses, click here for information about our entry-level positions.

If you also have significant professional accounting experience, click here to learn about our advanced opportunities.

You may receive email notification of our Internal Revenue Agent openings by becoming a registered user at How to Apply. Even if you do not wish to register at this time, you may review a list of our current openings. When you do register, you will be able to apply online.

US citizenship is required for all positions.

Tax Specialist

Tax Specialists with the IRS assume a number of key responsibilities. They provide technical tax guidance, tax-related accounting consultation and other services related to pre-filing and filing processes; conduct surveys, studies and focus groups to determine the effectiveness of existing agency tax-specific products, services and communications; and customize communication materials to assist and influence voluntary compliance. Duties also include serving as a liaison among IRS functions involving compliance outreach activities, education and volunteer programs; and providing support to walk-in taxpayers during the filing season.

This position is ideal for college business majors who have taken a minimum number of accounting courses, as well as for accounting majors. Successful candidates are those who bring six semester hours of accounting or who can pass an accounting proficiency test. As for compensation; all Tax Specialists have GS-5/7/9 career ladders - which means they can enter as a grade 5 and advance to a grade 9 without further competition, and later compete for higher grades.

Sr. Tax Specialist

Tax Specialists with the IRS assume a number of key responsibilities. They provide technical tax guidance, tax-related accounting consultation and other services related to pre-filing and filing processes; conduct surveys, studies and focus groups to determine the effectiveness of existing agency tax-specific products, services and communications; and customize communication materials to assist and influence voluntary compliance. Duties also include serving as a liaison among IRS functions involving compliance outreach activities, education and volunteer programs; and providing support to walk-in taxpayers during the filing season.

If your college studies included 12 semester hours of accounting courses, then a career as a Senior Tax Specialist may be for you. Based on your education and experience, your entry grade can be from a GS-9 to as high as a GS-13.

Tax Compliance Officer

IRS Tax Compliance Officers plan and conduct examinations and investigations of individual and business taxpayers. They analyze taxpayers’ financial condition and related operations. They also provide advice regarding tax law and tax-related accounting, and serve the nation by becoming the single point of contact to resolve both general and technical customer issues.

Successful candidates are usually business majors and others who possess six semester hours of accounting, or who can pass an accounting proficiency test. Tax Compliance Officers have a GS-5/7/9 career ladder — which means they can enter as a Grade 5 and advance to a Grade 9 without competition, and can later compete for higher grades. You’ll also be able to explore diverse career tracks and build upon your skills with best-in-class learning opportunities. You can continuously expand your talent and abilities in ways that will help you progress throughout your career.

At the IRS you will also enjoy a great work-life balance. You’ll have outstanding insurance and retirement benefits. And if you want to continue your formal education, take advantage of the IRS continuing education program.

Appeals Officer

If you’re ready for a second career that offers a great lifestyle, consider the position of IRS Appeals Officer, hiring at the GS-11 to GS-15 grade levels. You’ll conduct conferences to settle cases in which taxpayers have appealed IRS determinations on their tax case, or filed a petition in U.S. Tax Court. You’ll provide neutral assistance as a mediator between the IRS and the taxpayer, and you’ll have the authority to arrive at the final disposition of the case from the government’s perspective — and to approve the final settlement.

This position lets you serve the American public. Being a federal career, it also provides great job security, plus a defined 40-hour work week and the opportunity to make an immediate impact. You’ll also receive extensive benefits, including comprehensive healthcare, a retirement fund, flexible spending accounts, and education assistance that will help lead you up the career ladder.

Contact Representative

In this position, you will work primarily in our W&I and SB/SE organizations through telephone or face-to-face contact with taxpayers. Responsibilities will include providing information and assistance, as well as taking action where needed to resolve tax issues, often involving delinquent situations. The Job Series number for this position is 0962 and to qualify, we look for individuals from the GS-04 to GS-12levels. Actions needed might include initiating liens or installment payment agreements, as well as researching the taxpayer's ability to pay.

Engineers and Architects

If you want to make a career change – but keep a great work-life balance – this could be the career move you're been looking for. Engineers at the IRS perform a variety of duties. You could combine your engineering skills and broad knowledge of tax law to provide high-level technical advice to tax investigations by valuating real and personal property using appraisal principles including market data, income and cost approaches to valuations. Maybe you're interested in designing, advising and directing the construction of new facilities across the nation and using your expertise to make sure existing buildings are repaired, improved and modified. Additional specialties include mining, petroleum and industrial engineering.

No matter your specialty, working at IRS will put you in direct service to America, helping to fund its economy while ensuring your job security. You'll have a defined 40-hour work week and the opportunity to step into roles where you'll make an immediate impact. Plus, you'll receive exceptional federal benefits, from comprehensive healthcare and a portable retirement fund, to flexible spending accounts, tuition assistance and the chance to continuously progress throughout your career.

Tax Examiner

As an IRS Tax Examiner, you'll respond to taxpayers' inquiries about their tax returns, as well as contact them by mail or telephone on a wide range of tax issues. You may also review tax returns for accuracy and completeness, code returns for computer processing, and help provide e-help and e-services for the increasing number of taxpayers who now file their tax returns electronically. The Job Series number for this position is 0592 and to qualify, we look for individuals from the GS-04 to GS-12 levels.

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