Tax Examining Technician Job

Vacancy No. 21-11164593A-EHX-0592-4T5 Department Internal Revenue Service
Salary $31,520.00 to $49,836.00 Grade 4 to 5
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 7/13/2021 Close Date 7/12/2022
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
COVINGTON, KYKANSAS CITY, MOPHILADELPHIA, PAAUSTIN, TX
OGDEN, UT

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 07/13/2021 to 07/12/2022

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 4 - 5

  • Salary

    $31,520 to $49,836 per year

  • Appointment type

    Multiple Appointment Types

  • Work schedule

    Full-time

Locations

1694 vacancies in the following locations:

  • Covington, KY
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Austin, TX
  • Ogden, UT
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

Clarification from the agency

Open to U.S. Citizens/Nationals

Announcement number

21-11164593A-EHX-0592-4T5

Control number

607393100

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view Eligibilities being considered and other IMPORTANT information.

    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? Visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov.

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    Responsibilities

    WHAT IS THE WAGE & INVESTMENT (W&I) and SMALL BUSINESS/SELF EMPLOYED (SBSE) DIVISION?
    A description of the business units can be found at: https://www.jobs.irs.gov/about/who/business-divisions

    The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    • Evaluate all available information and take corrective actions, such as credit transfers requests, re-computed tax, and/or penalty and interest.
    • Access relevant systems to view and/or update taxpayers' accounts regarding payments received, review status of the case, and/or to make account adjustments.
    • Enter data into automated system to adjust tax, penalty, and/or credit adjustments.
    • Recognize indications of tax fraud; make determinations and use sound judgment concerning taxpayers' data and responses.
    • Gain cooperation of taxpayers by explaining the best options available to resolve the problem or question, mutual interests, and to make sure they understand their responsibilities.
    • Interpret the law as it relates to the issues and if affects the performance and efficiency of the Internal Revenue Service.
    • Educate taxpayers on action(s) needed to achieve compliance with tax filing/liabilities.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    6

  • Job family (Series)

    0592 Tax Examining

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment

    - We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
    - The salary range indicated in this announcement reflects the minimum locality pay up to maximum locality pay for all duty locations listed. The range will be adjusted for selected duty location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.
    - This is a Bargaining unit position.
    - Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
    - Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
    - A 1-year probationary period is required.
    - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
    - Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.
    - Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
    - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
    - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. These documents must be unexpired original or certified copies.
    - Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired U.S. Passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240))

    Qualifications
    Federal experience is not required. 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-timework 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.

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

    GS-04 Level: General experience and/or education equivalent to one (1) year or twelve months of general experience equal to the next lower grade (GS-03) in the Federal government. General experience - Progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular competencies needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled. This may be paid or non-paid experience.

    OR

    EDUCATION: Two (2) years of education above the high school level. Education may have been obtained in an accredited junior college, college, university, business, secretarial or technical school.

    GS-05 Level:

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that is related to the work of this position and has provided you with the competencies required for successful job performance. Examples of qualifying experience include experience performing a variety of miscellaneous tasks involving researching and processing financial documents, reviewing information and determining corrective action on accounts, researching for missing/unclear accounting information and reviewing financial documents submitted for completeness.

    OR

    EDUCATION: You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Completed four (4) years above high school in any field, in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university.

    OR

    COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards.
    Education

    For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. 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 Department of Education Accreditation page.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

    Additional information

    There are limited full-time permanent positions and the majority will be filled on full-time seasonal work schedules.

    Tour of Duty: Shifts vary by location. We will try to offer the shift of your preference, but you may be offered an alternate shift upon selection. The actual Tour of Duty will be defined at job offer.

    • Day Shift - Monday-Friday Start and stop times between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
    • Swing Shift - Monday-Friday Start and stop times between 2:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
    • Night Shift - Monday-Friday Start and stop times between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
    Work Schedule: There is not a guarantee you will be selected for the work schedule you prefer. If selected on a seasonal work schedule, the season is either 3-5 months, 4-6 months, or 6-8 months determined upon selection.

    There is not a guarantee you will be selected for the Business Unit Division you prefer as not all locations are in both divisions.

    May be eligible for telework based on IRS policy. Must meet eligibility requirements.

    If you are in a telework eligible position, you may be directed to temporarily telework on a full-time basis due to COVID 19. Employees must be within a 150-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. Once normal operations resume, employees may be directed back to the office to perform the duties of their position. Telework eligibility does not guarantee telework; employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.

    We are projecting approximately 1,694vacancies may be filled during the life of this register. It is anticipated that there will be a significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will have a cut-off date of 08/03/2021 for initial applicant consideration. This announcement may be closed early if sufficient applicants apply to fill the anticipated vacancies. Eligible applicants in the highest category who apply by the initial cut-off date will be considered first. If additional vacancies exist, applicants who applied after the initial cut-date who place in the highest category will be considered next.

    Though many locations may be listed, you will be limited to a maximum of 3 location choices. Please consider each location carefully when applying. If you are selected for a position at one of your location selections, that location will become your official post of duty.

    We will be filling approximately 1,694 positions across the following business divisions and locations. More vacancies may be filled as needed in the following locations.

    Small Business Self Employed:
    30 vacancies for SBSE Campus Exam
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • Covington, KY
    Wage and Investment:
    25 vacancies for W&I Accounts Management
    • Philadelphia, PA
    1639 vacancies for W&I Submission Processing
    • Kansas City, MO
    • Austin, TX
    • Ogden, UT

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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: You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):

    • Conscientiousness
    • Customer Service
    • Flexibility
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Listening
    • Reading
    • Teamwork


    Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of two quality level categories, CAT A/B, CAT C depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. 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.

    Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned quality group and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that quality group. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality group for this position. For scientific and professional positions Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category for this position, except at the GS-09 and above.

    Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. Candidates, if required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring practices), will be interviewed in quality group order. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a rating of category CAT A/B to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:

    1. Resume - For qualification determinations your resume (uploaded or created in USAJOBS) must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e. GS-0301-09. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume. (Cover letters are optional.) Please view Resume Tips.
    2. Online Application - Questionnaire
    3. Proof of Enrollment or Education - For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.
    4. Registration/License (IF APPLICABLE) - active, current registration/license
    5. Veterans' Preference (IF APPLICABLE) - If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.
    6. Military Spouses - You MUST submit verification of the marriage to the service member(i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage) AND (1) a copy of your spouse's active military orders; OR (2) verification of your spouse's 100% service-connected disability (e.g., VA Letter and/or DD-214); OR (3) verification of the service member's death while on active duty (DD-1300/Death Certificate). You are not eligible if you were not married to the veteran at the time of death or have since remarried.
    7. Current and Former Federal Employees Documentation - It is recommended that you submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent personnel action form which shows your current grade and competitive service status.
    8. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) (IF APPLICABLE) - IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area. Treasury CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within the commuting area. Find required documentation at: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP).
    9. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) (IF APPLICABLE) - If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of 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).

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.jobs.irs.gov/resources/benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 07/12/2022 and/or cut-off dates in this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on 07/12/2022.

    To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11164593

    • To begin the application process, click the "Apply Online" button.
    • You will be re-directed to USA STAFFING to complete your application process; answer the online questions and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, import documents from USAJOBS to the appropriate document types. If the document you need was not imported from USAJOBS, you may upload it directly into this application. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN).
    • To complete, you must click the "Submit Application" button prior to 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/12/2022.
    To update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period, return to your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

    To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login . All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

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    Address

    SBSE - Small Business/Self Employed
    1111 Constitution Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20224
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    Next steps

    Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at https://www.jobs.irs.gov/midcareer/reasonable-accommodation.html. We provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Once your application package and online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. You are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on "more information." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. If your email mailbox is full or blocked (SPAM) you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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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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