- The IRS Pathways Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Selected applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. If selected, you will be placed in a position as a Revenue Officer, GS-1169, Career Ladder 5/7/9, with promotion potential to GS-11 in the Small Business/Self Employed Division.
- Following completion of program requirements, selectees may be non-competitively converted to permanent or term appointment with promotion potential to GS-11. All conversion requirements will be identified in the Participant Agreement. Program requirements include but are not limited to: Successful completion of at least 1-year of continuous service; Completion of at least 40 hours of interactive training; Mentorship; Demonstration of successful job performance; and Meet the qualification positions standards. Conversion is not guaranteed or implied.
- The following are the duties of a Revenue OfficerGS-11.You will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.
As a Revenue Officer you will:
- Collect delinquent tax and secures delinquent returns from taxpayers who have not resolved their obligations in response to prior correspondence or other contact.
- Conduct interviews with taxpayers (and/or their representatives) in different environments such as the business location, residence or office as part of the investigative process of collecting delinquent taxes and securing delinquent tax returns.
- Counsel taxpayers on their tax filing, deposit and payment obligations actions needed to bring taxpayers into full compliance. Provides guidance and service on a wide range of financial problems to assist the taxpayer toward a positive course of action to resolve tax issues.
- Work with the taxpayers and their representatives to develop a plan of action to resolve all delinquencies. Takes enforced collection actions, when appropriate
- Provide customer service by respecting and explaining the taxpayer’s rights, IRS policies and procedures. Provide instructions, and analyzes issues presented by taxpayers, practitioners and IRS employees.
- Resolve account discrepancies and responds to taxpayer and practitioner requests. Meet taxpayers or their representatives at the business location or residence for non business taxpayers to view the assets or number of employees, or to observe indications of hardship or business failure.
- Conduct interviews with taxpayers (and/or their representatives) with the purpose of securing complete financial information and assessing the taxpayer’s ability to pay outstanding tax obligations.
- Perform credit and financial analysis of the taxpayer financial records to determine the taxpayer’s financial condition and ability to pay outstanding tax obligations and prevent future delinquencies. Analyzes financial information and evaluates assets.
- Evaluate and compares taxpayers’ financial information to internal and external sources to verify taxpayers’ financial condition.
- Confer with internal and external advisors, analysts, or attorneys (for example: Counsel or Department of Justice) regarding case development, issue determination, case processing and coordination
- Recognize patterns of delay and other indicators that a taxpayer is not cooperating or attempting to defeat assessment or collection of delinquent tax
- In the Recent Graduates Program you may qualify based solely on education, experience or a combination of both. You must meet the following requirements by date of appointment/enter on duty date.
- The anticipated start date is October 2021. To be considered for this position you must graduate from a qualifying institution no later than August 2021.
- GS-5 LEVEL: A Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in any field of study. OR Certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) obtained through written examination or membership in the bar in a State, territory or the District of Columbia. OR You may qualify with 3 years of general experience, 1 year of which was at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-4 level in the federal service. General experience for this position includes: Experience using general knowledge and understanding of business and financial practices, and that demonstrated the ability to deal effectively with others. Experience may have been gained in work such as financial, accounting, purchasing, merchandising, investigative, civil or criminal law enforcement, data processing, or similar activities in commercial or government enterprises. It also may have been gained in work that provided knowledge of credit operations and practices related to the collection of delinquent accounts.
- GS-7 LEVEL: One (1) academic year of graduate level education in a related field such as business administration (finance, accounting, auditing, marketing and business law), law, economics, criminology, political science, government, social science, communications, psychology, public administration or another related field. OR Superior Academic Achievement may be met by having a Bachelor’s degree in one of the related fields above, 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 You may qualify with 1 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: Knowledge of business organization and commercial practices, Knowledge of investigative techniques and methods, and the ability to apply such techniques to the analysis of business and financial matters, Practical knowledge of business law, including laws governing fraudulent transfers, secured and unsecured debts, negotiable instruments, business corporations, and survivorship rights and titling instruments Knowledge of delinquent loan collection processes and techniques, Working knowledge of accounting principles and practices, Knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and related Federal tax regulations and procedures. Experience may have been gained in work such as: Reviewing financial documents to determine a business’ financial condition and its ability to pay debt; Evaluating income assets, equity and credit to collect delinquent payments; Investigating or tracing financial transactions such as a real estate broker or insurance broker; Establishing or operating a small business that included administering a budget, defining operating procedures and understanding tax consequences of business actions; Counseling taxpayers on tax filing and paying obligations; Dealing with the effects of various legal instruments such as leases, wills, deeds, and trusts;
- GS-9 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Demonstrating knowledge and experience of the Internal Revenue Code and related enforcement and collection regulations and procedures. Practical knowledge of business organization and commercial practices; practical knowledge of business law, including laws governing fraudulent transfers, secured and unsecured debts, negotiable instruments, business corporations, and survivorship rights and titling instruments; knowledge of and conducts financial analysis, including the ability to analyze the operations, financial condition, profitability of taxpayers; including the valuation of assets for case resolution; uses arithmetic and mathematical reasoning to resolve collection determination issues; knowledge of electronic data exchange and the ability to conduct business online including use of the internet and intranet. Experience may have been gained in work such as: Collecting delinquent Federal taxes and securing delinquent returns; Conducting investigations of alleged criminal violations of Federal tax statutes and making recommendations for criminal prosecutions and civil penalties; Performing internal audit, administrative, or management duties directly related to the collection of Federal taxes; Furnishing taxpayer assistance and information to the general public or determining, re-determining, or advising of liability for Federal taxes where the applicant was required to apply a comprehensive knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations and procedures pertaining to income, estate, gift, employment, or excise taxes; OR You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Master’s or equivalent degree or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in a related field of study such as business administration (finance, accounting, auditing, marketing and business law), law, economics, criminology, political science, government, social science, communications, psychology, public administration or another related field; OR LL.B or J.D., if related; OR You may qualify by a combination of experience and education.
- ALL GRADES: You may qualify with a combination of qualifying education and experience. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions. You must have, within the previous 2 years*, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution; or intended graduation is no more than 9 months from date of application. A certificate program means post-secondary education in a qualifying educational institution, equivalent to at least one academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational or business school curriculum. Qualifying education must be completed prior to appointment.
- *Veterans who, due to a military service obligation, were precluded from applying to a Pathways Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2 year eligibility period may have their eligibility period extended so that they receive the full 2 years of eligibility. The remaining 2-year eligibility period will begin upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. The veteran’s eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of all requirements of an academic course of study.
- – 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/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.
- For more information on education requirements go to Treasury’s Pathways Program.