To qualify, you must have a bachelor's degree or higher in accounting from an accredited college or university that included at least 30 semester hours in accounting;

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

Have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in accounting.

You must have at least one year of specialized experience in progressively responsible and diversified accounting or auditing work.

About Education Requirements 
One full year of undergraduate academic study is defined as 30 semester hours and is equivalent to one year of full-time experience. If your credits are in quarter hours, multiply the number of quarter hours you have earned by 2/3 to determine the number of equivalent semester hours.

Your accounting coursework must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field of accounting. This means that the courses should be acceptable toward an accounting degree by a four-year college or university, and must include upper-level courses normally taken during the junior and senior years at a four-year college or university. Your coursework should reflect your knowledge of principles, intermediate and advanced accounting, cost accounting and auditing.

Examples of Qualifying Courses

Application Procedures

You may receive email notification of our Internal Revenue Agent openings by becoming a registered user at Application Process. 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.

If you are eligible and qualified, you will be given a score from 70 to 100 based on the information provided in your online application, in particular your responses to job-related questions. Your score will be used to assign you to one of three quality levels: A) Superior, B) Highly Qualified or C) Qualified.

Selection interviews may be scheduled starting with applicants assigned to the highest category group. The interview focuses on competencies needed for the position of Internal Revenue Agent, and is intended to supplement the information provided in your online application.


LB&I is dedicated to developing a highly trained workforce. You will receive current training in tax law, "case" procedures, computer technology and auditing techniques.

Your first year of employment will include many hours of training. In fact, we've developed an intensive training program to provide you with instruction and guidance as you deal with the specialized and often complex challenges of working in LB&I. Your training is conducted through a blend of classroom instruction, workshop discussions, computer applications and on-the-job demonstrations, including actual examinations of taxpayers.

You will also receive training in advanced corporate topics after you gain some case experience. IRS training is designed to complement your prior experiences as a new employee. Specialists will receive focused training in their specific areas, as well.

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