Internal Revenue Agent *RPP Only*
Company: The Department of the Treasury
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: February 16, 2020
WHAT IS THE LARGE BUSINESS AND INTERNATIONAL DIVISION? The Large
Business and International (LB&I) business unit provides
service and enforcement activities to support tax compliance of
businesses and related entities with assets of $10 million or more,
as well as small U.S. businesses engaged in international, U.S.
citizens abroad, and foreign persons and businesses with a U.S. tax
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WHAT DOES AN INTERNAL REVENUE AGENT, SENIOR PROGRAM SPECIALIST DO?
The Senior Program Specialist serves as an expert technical program
specialist demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of and
experience in applying laws, policies, regulations, and precedents
applicable to the segments of the Service's program affected by the
assigned project or study. A Revenue Agent, Senior Program
Specialist uses their knowledge of diversified professional
accounting or auditing work to interpret and apply Federal tax law
for individuals, business and/or exempt organizations,
partnerships, and corporations. You will be expected to apply
knowledge of management principles and processes to perform project
management duties and to effectively coordinate and integrate
project objectives and recommendations with key line and/or staff
functions of the Service. You will communicate both orally and in
writing with various levels of audiences including executives.
As an Internal Revenue Agent, Senior Program Specialist you
- Plan, coordinate, and conduct analysis of examination programs
and tax law issues involving large and complex businesses, i.e.
with $10 million or more in assets, with extensive subsidiaries,
diversified activities, multiple partners, and national or
international scope and operations. Analyze business trends and
practices to recommend and implement tax administration and
auditing strategies affecting a major industry and/or international
- Monitor, review, analyze and evaluate the full range of Large
Business and International (LB&I) projects, strategies, and
operations to determine their effectiveness and impact on corporate
and international taxpayers and employees, LB&I pre-filing and
post-filing strategies, customer satisfaction, and the efficient
use of IRS resources.
- Identify problems, best practices, and emerging tax compliance
issues; develop, recommend, and facilitate process improvements and
planning options; and report results to affected LB&I and other
IRS management officials.
- Examine corporate accounting systems and practices to determine
that recommended programs, polices, and management applications
recommended are fully compatible with the technical and
administrative provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, IRS
regulations and rulings, as well as IRS' balanced measures.
- Review content and assess the impact of new and/or proposed tax
or related legislation on IRS operations and/or systems. Prepare
guidelines, instructions, and other documents to introduce new
initiatives and to recommend effective operations consistent with
policies and objectives pertaining to assigned program area.
Develop new approaches for analysis of issues.
- May lead or participate in formal or informal studies, either
on own initiative or as directed by supervisor or the manager,
formulate project proposals and make recommendations on priorities,
scope, timing, and techniques for consideration and decision by
LB&I management. Studies usually involve the accounting
practices, records and controls systems, operations, and economic
environment of entire industries or international segments and
potential tax issues.
- Exercise complete responsibility and authority to interpret
policy, plan and execute program objectives, and develop program
operating procedures and methods. Make decisions which are
complicated by complex, e.g. industry wide, multiple corporations,
etc., and unique technical programs and procedures, e.g.
engineering, economics, financial products, computer audits,
- Actively seek and identify opportunities to improve
professional, technical and management skills and abilities.
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
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Conditions of Employment
- Refer to "Other Information"
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- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
- IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL GRADES
A 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
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.
A Certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) obtained
through written examination in a State, territory or the District
Are 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
In addition to the above qualifications, you must possess the
following professional accounting knowledges: Principles of
Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, Advanced
Accounting and Auditing. For more information on the required
accounting knowledges please refer to .
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
GS-14 LEVEL: You must have one year of specializedexperience at a
level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13
grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this
position includes: progressively responsible and diversified
professional accounting or auditing work that required: knowledge
of and skill in applying professional accounting principles,
theory, and practices to analyze and interpret accounting books,
records, or systems specifically to determine their effect on
Federal tax liabilities and their adequacy for recording
transactions affecting tax liabilities; skill in interpreting and
applying Federal tax law for individuals, business and/or exempt
organizations, partnerships, and corporations; knowledge of
business and trade practices to develop tax issues based on
analysis and evaluation of overall business operations and
financial condition; knowledge of corporate financial transactions
and financial management principles and practices; and, skill in
interacting effectively with a broad range of individuals and
negotiating with specialists in accounting, legal, tax, and other
similar business related professions. To be qualifying, your
experience must be sufficient to demonstrate an expert knowledge,
accomplishment, and the ability to lead major project assignments
that required a wide range of analytical and evaluative methods and
techniques, both qualitative and quantitative, sufficient to
accomplish complex projects or studies broad in scope and
magnitude. You must also demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of,
through experience and application, of a range of laws, policies,
regulations, and precedents applicable to the segment(s) of the
Service's program affected by the assigned project or study;
knowledge of management principles and processes to perform project
management duties to effectively coordinate and integrate project
objectives and recommendations with key line and/or staff functions
of the Service; and the ability to communicate effectively both
orally and in writing.
-The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private
sector or . 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.
In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following,
You must have been at the GS-13 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade
Positions are located 3251 N Evergreen Drive NE, Grand Rapids,
POSITION DESCRIPTIONS 93181
A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at:
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to
fill one or more vacancies.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may
- 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 within 30 days of selection and annually from then on.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online
questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that
your resume includes detailed information to support your
qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient
evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified"
Rating: Your application will be evaluated on the competencies of
the position to be filled per the IRS Merit Promotion Plan in the
following areas: Program/Project Management, Oral and Written
Communication, Research Methods, and Business Improvement
Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based
on your responses to the online questions, regarding your
experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards
relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain
most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/
Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online
questions are not supported by the education and/or experience
described in your application.
Referral: You will be assigned to one of three quality groups. Each
group represents a quality level (i.e., Superior/Best Qualified,
Highly Qualified, Qualified). Candidates will be considered in
quality group order.
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may
be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be
required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or
in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance
with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the
interview such as travel to and from the interview site.
To preview questions please .
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question
responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note
that if you do not provide all required information, as specified
in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position
(or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating
one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( are
optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please
list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience
listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online
questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that
it supports your responses to these questions. Please view
IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)You must meet the
requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice
along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal.
Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher
PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDSSubmit a copy of your most recent
completed performance appraisal.
IRS employees: if a revalidated appraisal is used for merit
promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each
critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the
performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If
you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual
performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating
EDUCATION DOCUMENTATIONIf you are qualifying for this position by
substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of
your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific
education requirements and you are currently (or have previously
been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to
submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. An official
transcript will be required if you are selected.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited
(or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these
criteria, please refer to .
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit
proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing
agency. Refer to the
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to
be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in
this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.Overview
Open & closing dates
02/06/2020 to 02/12/2020
Pay scale & grade
$118,378 to $153,889 per year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Grand Rapids, MI 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed
Yes as determined by agency policy
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to
applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants
requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application
process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity
announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process,
applicants should contact the hiring agency directly.
Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be
made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have
an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.
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- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
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