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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Tax Specialist *TCO*
Open Period:
03/26/2012 - 04/09/2012
GS - 0526 11
$57408.00 - $81779.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Many in
  • Bloomington, IL, US
  • Chicago, IL, US
  • Orland Park, IL, US
  • Peoria, IL, US
  • Schiller Park, IL, US
  • Des Moines, IA, US
  • Milwaukee, WI, US
For More Info:
IRS Jobs Online Help Desk


Who May Apply:

IRS employees on a Career or Career Conditional Appointments in the competitive service.

Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:
WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? You've built a career based on talent, integrity and dedication. Those are the same qualities that can help America achieve more. Whether you're looking for new opportunities because your family has grown, you're looking for new challenges or want your career to have a real impact, consider a career with an employer who will work with you as your life changes.

WHAT DOES A TAX COMPLIANCE OFFICER DO? As a Tax Compliance Officer you are responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting independent Correspondence Examinations and related investigations of individual and/or business taxpayers. During these examinations that Tax Compliance Officer determines and advises on Federal tax liability as well as conducts an analysis of the taxpayer's financial condition and related operations. These examinations may include individual non-business with wages and investment income, sole proprietors, individuals with business and other supplemental income, partnerships, small C corporations, and S corporations. In this position, you will also provide tax law and tax-related accounting educational assistance to both internal and external customers.

WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS/SELF EMPLOYED DIVISION? The Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division provides examinations and taxpayer education services for about 7 million small businesses and upwards of 33 million self-employed and supplemental income taxpayers. SB/SE taxpayers generally have higher incomes than most taxpayers, need to file twice as many tax forms, and generally need to rely more on paid tax preparers and the taxpayer education outreach activities of the IRS.

Positions located in the SB/SE Midwest Area.  Positions may be filled in any of the following: 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines IA; 301 South Prospect Road, Bloomington IL; 230 S Dearborn St, Chicago IL; 14479 South John Humphrey Dr, Orland Park IL; 2415 W Cornerstone Ct, Peoria IL; 5100 River Rd, Schiller Park IL; and 211 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI.

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

Supervisory Position:
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Key Requirements:

Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying. Moving expenses will not be authorized. Tour of Duty: M-F 7:00 am - 3:30 pm start time negotiable. This is a bargaining unit position


As a Tax Compliance Officer you will:

  • Plan and conduct examinations and related investigations of a variety of individual and/or business taxpayers.

  • Review examinations and related investigations of a variety of individual and business taxpayers involving complex tax issues and accounting records.

  • Advise taxpayers of their rights as defined in the examination and appeal guidelines, the actual examination procedures, and an explanation of current tax and reporting responsibilities and the importance and benefit of meeting future responsibilities.

  • Research taxpayer accounts and determine whether penalty and interest determinations are in compliance with statutory provisions, procedural and policy requirements.

  • Serve as technical advisor to the field on penalty and interest issues. Maintain a comprehensive knowledge and proficiency in performing complex interest calculations using a variety of computational software.

  • Recognize indicators of fraudulent activity and develops appropriate referrals.

  • Train and provide guidance to taxpayers, practitioners, and volunteers on technical tax law and accounting policies, practices, and principles as it relates to pertinent tax law modifications through seminars, speeches, or workshops.
  • Qualifications and Evaluations




    1. If you are eligible and qualified, you will be rated and ranked in accordance with the Bargaining Unit National Agreement, Article 13 procedures. You will be required to respond to a series of questions related to the Critical Job Elements for the position to be filled, the overall rating on your current performance appraisal (Form 6850), and relevant awards received within the past three years.You may obtain a list of your most recent awards at

    2. 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 for this position. For tips preparing your resume click; for cover letter tips click
    3. Applicants will be referred to the selecting manager in score order. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. If you are eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Program, you must be assigned a score of 80 or better, Highly Qualified or higher (if applicable), to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority. If you are eligible for the Reassignment Preference Program (RPP), you must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements to receive selection priority for this position.


    QUALIFICATIONS/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following eligibility and basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: A. RESTRICTION ON MOVEMENT: General restriction on movement after competitive appointment CFR 330.501: Employees must meet the three (3) month restriction on movement since their latest Career or Career Conditional competitive appointment.

    B. TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: Under merit promotion procedures, Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the position announced to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. Time is credited based on calendar time served in a grade, regardless of the number of days or hours worked. If you currently hold or have previously held a position at the same (or equivalent) or higher grade/level in the Federal government as of this announcement, you will meet the TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT.


    GS-11 LEVEL:  To be qualified you must have one of the following:

    A. Three years of progressively higher level education leading to a PH.D. or equivalent degree in a related field such as accounting, auditing, taxation, business administration, law or other related fields; OR

    B. One year of full time specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal Government that demonstrated a substantive knowledge of business practices, basic accounting principles, and Federal tax laws and regulations; and that required the ability to audit tax records, analyze systems and bookkeeping, use fact-finding techniques, and develop interpersonal skills  Examples of qualifying  experience include: Auditing various types of tax returns to determine tax liability of individual tax payers, businesses, or corporations; Interpreting and applying pertinent parts of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations and procedures; Making determinations on liability for Federal taxes; Program evaluation, internal audit or administrative management of the assessment and collection of Federal taxes; Investigating alleged criminal violations of Federal tax statutes and making recommendations for criminal prosecution and assertion of civil penalties; or collecting delinquent Federal taxes, including canvassing for unreported taxes due, and securing delinquent returns. OR

    C. Combination of qualifying graduate education and experience equal to the amount required. OR

    D. LLM. AND

    In addition, applicants above the GS-9 level must demonstrate their knowledge of Principles of Accounting and Intermediate Accounting.  Candidates can demonstrate this knowledge either through successful completion of 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours of college level accounting work or successfully passing an IRS administered accounting assessment.

    Benefits and Other Info

    We offer a workplace that values people. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. The IRS will help you reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and family needs. As a current employee, you know the great benefits we offer. Should you have any questions about benefits, please contact the Employee Resource Center (ERC) at 1-866-743-5748 option #1 for ERC.
    Other Information:

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Jackie B. Long at 801-620-3517. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: 96333 - An IRS intranet website is available for IRS Employees at website:

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:  If selected for this position, you may be required to:

  • Travel locally and/or overnight.

  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of selection and on an annual basis from then on.

  • Obtain and maintain a moderate risk clearance.
  • How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    The application process has 6 STEPS.

    STEP 1: Create a USAJOBS Account at:

    STEP 2: Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS "Resume Builder" or "Upload" your already created Resume into USAJOBS.

    STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, copy and enter the announcement number 12OG2-SBB0088-0526-11-KB in the key word search field. Select "Yes", if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click "Search for Jobs." Click "Apply Online" at the bottom of the announcement screen and follow all instructions provided.

    STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions; 4) Demographic Information; and 5) Resume Information. Click "Apply to this Vacancy".

    STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.

    STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click "Finish" at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application.


    1. Log into My USAJOBS at with your user name and password.

    2. Click on "Application Status".

    3. Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement.

    4. Click "Review and Update your documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page.

    5. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.

    6. Click "Finish" to save this change

    Required Documents:

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education for training or experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree must be accredited (or pre-accredited) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please refer to: you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to:

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL Employees must submit a current performance appraisal (Form 6850). 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.

    CTAP/RPP DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus IRS or Treasury employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), or a reassignment preference employee eligible for consideration under the Reassignment Preference Program (RPP), you must apply and submit proof of eligibility. For CTAP employees, you must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special selection priority. The well qualified definition is a score of 80 or above or Highly Qualified or better if applicable.

    For proof of CTAP eligibility, you must provide a copy of the following and a copy of your most recent performance appraisal: 1) IRS Employees - Your Reduction in Force (RIF) separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area, certificate of expected separation, or other official notice from the agency indicating that you have been identified as surplus or eligible for discontinued service retirement; 2) Treasury Employees - Your Notification of Personnel Action(s), SF-50(s), or other official documentation that shows: You are a career or career-conditional competitive service employee, in tenure group 1 or 2, or a current Treasury employee in an excepted service appointment without time limit, at grade GS-15 or equivalent and below, who has been conferred noncompetitive appointment eligibility and special selection priority by statute for positions in the competitive service; and The position you may be or are being separated from: Is the same or higher grade as the position announced; and Has the same or higher promotion potential than the position announced; and Is either within or outside of the local commuting area of the position announced.

    For proof of RPP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your RPP Notice and a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. In order to receive consideration under RPP you must apply for a permanent position that is at the same or lower grade and work schedule as your current position both within and outside the commuting area. The same or lower grade position is defined as a position having no greater promotion potential than you currently held on a permanent basis. You must meet qualification requirements and have a fully successful or higher overall rating on your last annual performance appraisal.

    OFFICE OF TREASURY, CHIEF COUNSEL AND TIGTA Applicants from the Office of Treasury, Chief Counsel and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) with current or prior competitive status, click here for more information.


    What to Expect Next:
    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. Enable spam blocker to accept from - If you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile. You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Applications".