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Grade: 05

To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.

A Four (4) year course of study leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in any field of study from an accredited college or university. 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 Three (3) years of general experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal government. Experience must have provided a general knowledge of business practices. Such experience may have been gained in government, business or industry, investigative work, banking, law, accounting, or other work appropriate to the position to be filled. OR An equivalent amount of combined experience and education. When combining education and experience use the following formula to calculate the total amount. Part time work experience should be prorated. Formula using Semester hours: # Sem Hrs completed divided by 120 Sem Hrs + # of month’s experience divided by 36 months. Example: 90 Semester hours of college (90/120) and 18 months experience (18/36). 90/120 + 18/36 = .75 + .50 =1.25. If your answer is one or more, you have the required combination.

 

1 Which of the following is true about your education and/or experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I completed a four year course of study leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in any subject from an accredited college or university.
  • I have a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) obtained through written examination or membership in a bar in a State, territory or the District of Columbia.
  • I have three (3) years of general experience, one (1) year of which was equivalent to the next lower level (GS-04) in the Federal government as described above.
  • I have a combination of education and experience as described above.
  • None of the above.
2 Have you successfully completed six (6) semester hours (or nine (9) quarter hours) of study in college level Accounting course work? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 (C) Which of the following ways have you contributed to your work environment? Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed a procedural desk guide.
  • I have been an informal on-the-job Instructor (OJI).
  • I have made a presentation to the workgroup.
  • I have worked and contributed ideas on a team
  • None of the above
4 (K) Which of the following research tools have you used? Answer to this question is required
  • Internet research
  • IRM- Internal Revenue Manual
  • Procedures manual
  • SERP- Service Wide Electronic Research Program
  • IDRS- Integrated Data Retrieval System
  • None of the above
5 (K) Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing and reviewing copies of tax returns, financial statements, tax records, etc., to correctly apply the tax laws and identify issues? Answer to this question is required
  • I informed the taxpayers of the tax documents he or she needs to provide.
  • I reviewed taxpayer documents or records to determine the completeness of the tax records but did not analyze the records for application of the tax law
  • I reviewed and analyzed taxpayer documents or records to reconcile differences applying the tax law to resolve issues.
  • None of the above
6 (A) Which of the following statements describes your experience in verbal and/or written communication? Answer to this question is required
  • I received information over the phone/mail and routed it appropriately.
  • I communicated work related information with coworkers and/or manager through emails.
  • I used a software system to generate a tax report.
  • I answered tax related questions over the phone.
  • I received tax related documents, answered tax questions and/or collected payment information.
  • I met with people asking questions to make determinations in preparing tax returns.
  • None of the above.
7 (A) Of the following, which statement best describes your level of experience with persuading difficult people to cooperate? Answer to this question is required
  • I received training in dealing with difficult people, but have not had an opportunity to apply it.
  • I diffused a situation with a difficult co-worker in the workplace and was able to achieve resolution.
  • I diffused a situation with a difficult taxpayer over the phone or face-to-face and was able to achieve resolution
  • I have diffused a situation with a difficult co-worker and taxpayer and was able to achieve resolution.
  • None of the above
8 (Q) Which of the following types of cases have you worked to completion? Answer to this question is required
  • Correspondence examination cases
  • Fraud referrals
  • Preparer project cases
  • Taxpayer advocate cases
  • Substitute for Return (SFR) cases
  • Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TEGE) types of cases
  • None of the above
9 (E) Which of the following best describes your experience managing and adapting your time and workload? Answer to this question is required
  • I completed individual work assignments as they are assigned to me.
  • I planned and scheduled my workload in one or more software applications.
  • I planned, scheduled, and prioritized multiple assignments.
  • I planned, scheduled, prioritized my work and other multiple assignments in one or more software applications.
  • None of the above.

Grade: 07

To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.

Superior Academic Achievement- A Bachelor’s degree in related field of study, 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 2 years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last 2 years of study, or rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Note: Grade point averages should be rounded to one decimal point. For example, 2.95 is rounded to 3.0, and 2.94 is rounded to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an Honor Society. OR One (1) academic year of graduate education with a major in accounting, auditing, taxation, business administration, law, or other related fields. OR One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal Government that demonstrated a substantive knowledge of business practices, basic accounting principles, & Federal tax laws & regulations; and that required the ability to audit tax records, analyze systems & bookkeeping, use fact-finding techniques, and develop interpersonal skills. OR An equivalent amount of combined graduate education and experience

 

1 Which of the following is true about your education and/or experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one of the Superior Academic Achievement requirements.
  • I have one full year of graduate level education with a major in accounting, auditing, taxation, business administration, law or other related fields.
  • I have one (1) year of specialized experience as described above.
  • I have a combination of graduate education and experience equal to that described above.
  • None of the above.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Under merit promotion procedures, Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade 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 REQUIREMENTS.
2 Please select the response that best describes your time in grade. Answer to this question is required
  • I have served one year at the next lower grade of the position for which I am applying.
  • I currently occupy a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
  • I have previously occupied a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
  • I have less than one year in grade at the next lower level of the position for which I am applying.
3 Have you successfully completed six (6) semester hours (or nine (9) quarter hours) of study in college level Accounting course work? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 (C) In the past, which of the following ways have you contributed to your work environment? Answer to this question is required
  • I made a presentation to the workgroup.
  • I presented at a work-related CPE.
  • I was an informal coach.
  • I was an on-the-job instructor.
  • I was a permanent lead.
  • I was an acting lead.
  • I led a team, group or committee.
  • None of the above.
5 (K) Which of the following research tools have you used to analyze and resolve taxpayer issues? Answer to this question is required
  • Internet research
  • Accurint
  • CCH, Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis
  • IRM- Internal Revenue Manual
  • IDRS- Integrated Data Retrieval System
  • SERP- Service wide Electronic Research Program
  • None of the above
6 (K) Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing and reviewing copies of tax returns, financial statements, tax records, etc., to correctly apply the tax laws and identify issues? Answer to this question is required
  • I reviewed taxpayer documents or records to reconcile differences applying the tax law to resolve issues.
  • I analyzed taxpayer documents or records to reconcile differences applying the tax law to resolve issues.
  • I reviewed and analyzed taxpayer documents or records to reconcile differences applying the tax law to resolve issues.
  • None of the above
7 (A) Which of the following statements describes your experience in verbal and/or written communication? Answer to this question is required
  • I answered tax related questions over the phone.
  • I received tax related documents, answered tax questions and/or collected payment information.
  • I met with taxpayers asking questions to make determinations in preparing tax returns
  • I composed and/or generated letters to taxpayers.
  • I wrote and/or verbally explained tax related determinations to taxpayers.
  • None of the above
8 (A) Of the following, which statement best describes your level of experience with persuading difficult people to cooperate? Answer to this question is required
  • I received training in dealing with difficult people, but have not had an opportunity to apply it.
  • I diffused a situation with a difficult co-worker in the workplace and was able to achieve resolution.
  • I diffused a situation with a difficult taxpayer over the phone or face-to-face and was able to achieve resolution
  • I have diffused a situation with a difficult co-worker and taxpayer and was able to achieve resolution.
  • None of the above
9 (Q) Which of the following types of cases have you worked to completion? Answer to this question is required
  • Correspondence examination cases
  • Assisting with docketed Appeals cases.
  • Fraud referrals
  • Substitute for Returns (SFR) cases
  • Taxpayer advocate cases
  • Audit reconsiderations cases
  • Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TEGE) types of cases
  • None of the above
10 (E) Which of the following best describes your experience managing and adapting your time and workload? Answer to this question is required
  • I completed individual work assignments as they are assigned to me.
  • I planned and scheduled my case workload as assigned to me.
  • I planned, scheduled, and prioritized multiple assignments.
  • I planned, scheduled, prioritized my inventory of cases and other multiple assignments in one or more software applications.
  • None of the above.

Grade: 09

To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.

A Master's or equivalent degree or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in accounting, auditing, taxation, business administration, law, or other related fields. OR LL.B or J.D., if related. OR One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 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. Qualifying specialized experience may have been gained in work such as: 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, Applying pertinent parts of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations and procedures to: (1) conduct comprehensive analytical examinations, (2) use creative in-office fact-finding techniques, and (3) develop effective public contact skills, Determination and re-determination, or audit, on liability for Federal taxes, Program evaluation, internal audit or administrative management of the assessment and collection of Federal taxes (other than alcohol and tobacco), Investigating alleged criminal violations of Federal tax statutes and making recommendations for criminal prosecution and assertion of civil penalties. Collecting delinquent Federal taxes (other than alcohol and tobacco), including canvassing for unreported taxes due, and securing delinquent returns. OR An equivalent amount of combined graduate education and experience as described above.

 

1 Which of the following is true about your education and/or experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a graduate degree with a major in accounting, auditing, taxation, business administration, law or other related fields.
  • I have a related LL.B. or J.D.
  • I have at least one (1) year of specialized experience as described above.
  • I have a combination of graduate education and experience as described above.
  • None of the above.
TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Under merit promotion procedures, Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade 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 REQUIREMENTS.
2 Please select the response that best describes your time in grade. Answer to this question is required
  • I have served one year at the next lower grade of the position for which I am applying.
  • I currently occupy a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
  • I have previously occupied a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
  • I have less than one year in grade at the next lower level of the position for which I am applying.
3 Have you successfully completed six (6) semester hours (or nine (9) quarter hours) of study in college level Accounting course work? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 (C) Which of the following ways have you contributed to your work environment? Answer to this question is required
  • I made tax related technical presentation(s) for the work group.
  • I made tax related technical presentation(s) at a CPE.
  • I was an On-the-Job Instructor (OJI).
  • I taught new hires and/or train-the-trainer.
  • I acted as a lead
  • I acted for the manager.
  • I led a work-related team or committee.
  • None of the above.
5 (K) Which of the following research tools have you used to analyze and resolve taxpayer issues? Answer to this question is required
  • Westlaw, CCH, Lexis-Nexis
  • Accurint
  • IRM- Internal Revenue Manual
  • IDRS- Integrated Data Retrieval System
  • Internet Research
  • SERP- Service wide Electronic Research Program
  • None of the above
6 (K) Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing and reviewing copies of tax returns, financial statements, tax records, etc., to correctly apply the tax laws and identify issues? Answer to this question is required
  • I reviewed taxpayer documents or records to reconcile differences applying the tax law to resolve in-depth problems with a broad range of issues.
  • I analyzed taxpayer documents or records to reconcile differences applying the tax law to resolve in-depth problems with a broad range of issues.
  • I reviewed and analyzed taxpayer documents or records to reconcile differences applying the tax law to resolve in-depth problems with a broad range of issues.
  • None of the above
7 (A) Which of the following statements describes your experience in verbal and/or written communication? Answer to this question is required
  • I wrote and presented presentations for my work group.
  • I wrote and presented presentations for work groups outside my immediate group.
  • I wrote/updated course materials, Internal Revenue Manuals (IRM), desk procedures, and/or technical job aids or project procedures.
  • I received tax related documents, answered tax questions over the phone and applied the tax laws to make determinations.
  • I met with taxpayers, asked questions about tax related documents, answered tax questions and applied the tax laws to make determinations.
  • I taught others about specific tax issues and/or how to prepare taxes through the VITA program and/or other programs.
  • None of the above
8 (A) Of the following, which statement best describes your level of experience with persuading difficult people to cooperate? Answer to this question is required
  • I received training in dealing with difficult people, but have not had an opportunity to apply it.
  • I diffused a situation with a difficult co-worker in the workplace and was able to achieve resolution.
  • I diffused a situation with a difficult taxpayer over the phone or face-to-face and was able to achieve resolution
  • I have diffused a situation with a difficult co-worker and taxpayer and was able to achieve resolution.
  • None of the above
9 (Q) Which of the following types of cases have you worked to completion? Answer to this question is required
  • Correspondence examination cases
  • Face-to-face examination cases
  • Assisting with docketed Appeals cases.
  • Fraud referrals
  • Substitute for Return (SFR) cases
  • Taxpayer advocate cases
  • Worker classification issues
  • Audit reconsiderations cases
  • Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TEGE) types of cases
  • None of the above
10 (E) Which of the following best describes your experience managing and adapting your time and workload? Answer to this question is required
  • I independently planned, scheduled, prioritized my tax related inventory of cases and other multiple assignments in one or more software applications.
  • I covered a meeting for a co-worker who was unavailable for the day.
  • I took over an assignment from a co-worker.
  • I permanently took over a co-worker’s workload.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

Thank you for your interest in applying for this position.
Your responses to the following questions supplement the information provided in your resume.
1 Please provide your current pay plan, series, and grade. For example: GS-303-03, IR-512-01, etc. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
2 What is your current position title? Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
If you are eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reassignment Preference Program (RPP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility please refer back to the CTAP/RPP Documentation link in the vacancy announcement.
3 Are you eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    3.1 Please select the priority program for which you are eligible for consideration.
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
    • Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)
  • No
The type of awards and number of award points will be credited in accordance with Article 13 Section 5. The award information you provide may be verified.
You may obtain a list of your most recent awards at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/indexawd.htm.
4 How many monetary (or time off in lieu of monetary) awards, such as performance awards, special act awards, and quality step increases have you received in the three years preceding the closing date of this announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • 1
    4.1 Please list the name of the award and the date(MMDDYYYY) of the award. (For example: Performance Award, 02/02/2006). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • 2
    4.1 Please list the names of the awards and the date(MMDDYYYY) of each award. (For example: Performance Award, 02/02/2006). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • 3 or more
    4.1 Please list the names of the awards and the date(MMDDYYYY) of each award. (For example: Performance Award, 02/02/2006). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • None
In addition to the online application and resume, you must submit a current annual Performance Appraisal. 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.
5 Did you receive a fully successful, equivalent, or higher rating on your most recent performance appraisal? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
  • I do not have a recent performance appraisal. You have indicated that you do not have a current performance appraisal. You should be advised that your annual performance appraisal and relevant awards make up sixty percent of your overall rating in this process. Under Article 12, Section 4, there are a number of options available to you. You should contact your immediate manager to determine which option is most appropriate to your current situation and position.
6 Please indicate the option that best describes your most recent performance appraisal. Answer to this question is required
  • Annual Rating/Annual Performance Appraisal
  • Revalidated Annual Rating/Annual Performance Appraisal
  • Departure Rating/Annual Performance Appraisal
  • Merit Promotion Appraisal
  • Not Ratable or do not have a performance appraisal Based on the information provided, you should be advised that your annual performance appraisal and relevant awards make up sixty percent of your overall rating in this process. Under Article 12, Section 4, there are a number of options available to you. You should contact your immediate manager to determine which option is most appropriate to your current situation and position.
7 Please enter the date of your most recent performance appraisal in the format MM/DD/YYYY. Answer to this question is required
8 Please select the rating that you achieved on your most recent performance appraisal. Answer to this question is required
  • Outstanding
  • Exceeds Fully Successful
  • Fully Successful
  • Minimally Successful
  • Unacceptable
  • Not Ratable or do not have a performance appraisal.
9 To qualify for this position and receive full credit for your relevant experience you must list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the questions. Do you understand that failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified determination? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Applicants at the GS-5/7/9 level must demonstrate their knowledge of Principles of Accounting. Candidates can demonstrate this knowledge either through successful completion of 6 semester/9 quarter hours of college level accounting work or successfully completing an IRS Online Basic Accounting Assessment. If selected for this position you will be required to submit sealed official transcripts prior to placement.
10 Have you successfully completed 6 semester hours/9 quarter hours of Principles of Accounting college level course work? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes A copy of your official or unofficial college transcripts must be uploaded with your resume or you will receive an invite to take the online accounting assessment. If you submit a copy of unofficial transcripts and you are selected for this position, you will be required to submit a copy of official transcripts prior to placement.
  • No