Which IRS Career Is Right For Me?

If you want to build the kind of career that enables growth for the entire nation, the IRS is the right place for you. There are more career opportunities here than you may have realized –it takes the talents of many professionals to help America achieve more.

Not sure what kind of career with the IRS you should pursue? Answer these five questions to find out what potential careers will make the best of your talents and skills within the agency that’s funding America’s future.

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Your talents, skills and experience could be a good fit for a future as an Internal Revenue Agent, Series 0512, Grade 5/7/9

An independent and proactive decision-maker, you will conduct field examinations of individual taxpayers and small businesses to determine liability. You will use the latest in computers, telecommunications and data management systems, and apply your knowledge of Internal Revenue Code, rulings, court decisions, agency policies, regulations and more.

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Your talents, skills and experience could be a good fit for a future as an Individual Taxpayer Advisory Specialist, Series 0501, Grade 5/7/9

A professional, courteous and effective communicator, you’ll work directly with taxpayers to advise and resolve collection issues – from researching complex tax law to providing basic instruction on filing requirements and extensions – to help them fulfill their Federal Tax obligations. You will conduct interviews and review records to gain an understanding of each taxpayer’s financial status, facilitate resolutions and educate them on the consequences of various courses of action.

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Your talents, skills and experience could be a good fit for a future as an Information Technology Specialist (multiple specialties) Series 2210, Grade 5/7/9

Your strong knowledge and skill in applying IT principles, methods and practices will allow you to excel in this position. You’ll be responsible for assignments, defined by your supervisor, dealing with immediate local issues or support on larger issues – from troubleshooting network issues to testing and debugging programs according to detailed requirements.

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Your talents, skills and experience could be a good fit for a future as a Tax Compliance Officer, Series 0526, Grade 5/7

Working with small businesses, exempt organizations, government entities and other clients with complex tax issues, you’ll investigate liability issues, conduct financial condition analyses, advise and audit taxpayers. Your knowledge of special features or varied issues that require the application of certain tax laws and investigative techniques set your work apart.

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Your talents, skills and experience could be a good fit for a future as a Contact Representative, Series 0962, Grade 4/5/6/7

As the face of the IRS to many citizens, you’ll work directly with taxpayers in person and on the telephone to provide procedural and technical advice and explanations related to some basic issues, such as individual and employment tax returns, related schedules and inquiries about bills and notices. With the support of your supervisors, you’ll work to interview and resolve issues, and elevate more complex problems to other departments.

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Your talents, skills and experience could be a good fit for a future as an Internal Revenue Officer, Series 1169, Grade 5/7

You will work directly with delinquent taxpayers, in their homes, places of business or offices to counsel them on obligations, provide guidance on a wide range of financial problems and assist them toward a positive course of action. You will become familiar with the client, observing indications of hardship or business failure, and assessing their ability to pay outstanding taxes. Your goal is to resolve all delinquencies with a clear course of action. In some cases, when appropriate, you will conduct investigations and take enforced collection actions.

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Your talents, skills and experience could be a good fit for a future as a Criminal Investigation Special Agent, Series 1811, Grade 5/7/9

Knowledgeable in accounting principles and techniques, and canny with conducting interviews, exploring leads and detecting discrepancies, Criminal Investigators plan and conduct investigations into minimally complex alleged criminal tax fraud cases, financial crimes and other related offenses. Subjects and witnesses tend to be cooperative, and cases tend to be relatively uncomplicated and easy to detect and prove. You’ll conduct collateral investigations, testify in court, participate in enforcement activities and more as needed. You’ll work with senior agents and other agencies, working on increasingly complex cases and earning more independence as you gain experience.

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