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Internal Revenue Agent *RPP Only*

Company: The Department of the Treasury
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: February 16, 2020

Job Description:



Duties

Summary

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 requirement.

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Responsibilities

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 will:

  • 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 business segment.
  • 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, appraising, etc.
  • 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

    Travel Required

    25% or less - 1 to 5 Nights per month

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

    Requirements

    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 Appointments

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      Qualifications

      You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

      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 finance.
      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.
      OR
      A Certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) obtained through written examination in a State, territory or the District of Columbia.
      OR
      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 one year.

      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 below:
      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, if applicable:
      You must have been at the GS-13 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

      Education

      Additional information

      Positions are located 3251 N Evergreen Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI.

      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 be available.
      • 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 qualifications above.

        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" determination.

        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 Strategy.

        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

        Security clearance



        Drug test required

        No

        Required Documents

        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 eligible).

        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 overall rating.

        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 identified.

        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 requirements:

        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

        Service
        Competitive

        Pay scale & grade
        GS 14

        Salary
        $118,378 to $153,889 per year

        Appointment type
        Permanent

        Work schedule
        Full-Time



        Location

        1 vacancy in the following location:


        Grand Rapids, MI 1 vacancy

        Relocation expenses reimbursed
        No

        Telework eligible
        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 office-sponsored events.

            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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            • Financial suitability
            • Social security number request
            • Privacy Act
            • Signature and false statements
            • Selective Service
            • New employee probationary period

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