How to Find and Apply For Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Jobs

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does much more than process tax returns. A bureau of the Department of the Treasury, the IRS collected over $3.5 trillion in revenue in 2019.

The mission of the IRS includes educating taxpayers, incorporating changing tax policy into collection vehicles, advising government bodies, conducting investigations and hearings, and assigning penalties to violators. Perhaps more interesting to you, the job seeker: the IRS employs over 70,000 people nationwide.

Career Opportunities With the IRS

If you're job hunting, you should think of the IRS as a huge employer with offices (and opportunities) scattered throughout the country. One of the key benefits of working for the IRS is that, despite occasional government shutdowns, the IRS is one employer that will never go out of business.

Most Popular IRS Jobs

Not a tax professional? Not a problem. Jobs like internal revenue agent and tax examiner are only a few of the roles available at the IRS. The agency hires workers across a variety of functional teams, including administrative, human resources, information technology, law enforcement, and research and analysis.

Some of the most popular job titles for IRS positions include:

  • Appeals Officer 
  • Artificial Intelligence Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Computer Research Analyst 
  • Computer Specialist/Information Technology Specialist 
  • Contact Representative 
  • Engineer 
  • Human Resources Specialist 
  • Internal Revenue Agent 
  • Internal Revenue Officer 
  • Mathematical Statistician 
  • Operations Research Analyst 
  • Policy Analyst 
  • Program Analyst 
  • Program Evaluation and Risk Analyst 
  • Special Agent 
  • Statistician 
  • Tax Compliance Officer 
  • Tax Examiner 
  • Tax Law Specialist 
  • Tax Specialist 
  • Executive Officer 

Seasonal Jobs

The IRS also hires for seasonal jobs including data transcribers, clerks, tax examiners, and contact representatives. Many of these positions offer paid training and benefits.

Why Work for the IRS?

The IRS offers several employee benefits programs, including health insurance, long-term care, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and federal retirement. The government pays a portion of the premiums for all these programs, including nearly two-thirds the cost of health insurance and one-third the cost of life insurance. The Federal Retirement System (FERS) has three components: an annuity, social security, and the Thrift Savings Plan, which is similar to a 401(k).

In addition, the agency provides work-life programs like childcare (including on-site facilities in some locations), leave sharing, an employee assistance program, and wellness services like healthcare screenings, flu shots, and smoking cessation. The employee suggestion program offers awards that are paid in cash or time off—or both. Other work-life benefits include flexible schedules, telecommuting options, free on-site fitness centers in some offices, and a transportation subsidy.

IRS employees can also take part in the continuing education program, which includes in-house classroom instruction, on-the-job training with experienced instructors, and web-based long-distance learning.

How to Search For IRS Job Openings

Internal Revenue Services (IRS) employment information, including full-time professional and career opportunities and seasonal/temporary IRS jobs, is posted on their jobs website. The site also includes more information regarding salary, benefits, training, and work-life programs. 

There are two ways to search for IRS job openings:

Via the IRS jobs site:

  • Go to job listings. In the menu at the top of the page, scroll over “Find a Job,” then click on “Job Openings.”
  • Filter by “Category,” “Grade,” and/or “Job Type.” Categories include accounting, information technology, law enforcement, tax law, and more. Grade refers to federal pay grade, which refers to the salary range for a given position/employee. Job type indicates whether a job is full-time, part-time, or seasonal.
  • Apply to the job. Once you have selected a job opening, click “Apply.” This will take you to the USAJobs site, where you can submit your application.
  • Not sure which job is right for you? The IRS jobs site offers a tool called “Identify Your Career Path” that can help you match your experience, education, and interests to open positions at the agency.

Via USAJobs:

  • See IRS jobs and other federal job listings. You can also search for IRS job listings and apply online for some job openings directly through USAJobs, the official source for federal job listings in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Create an account, search, and apply. This tutorial tells you how to get started using USAJobs to search for jobs and submit your application.

The IRS offers special hiring programs for students, veterans, and disabled workers. See the IRS jobs site for more information.

Key Takeaways

The IRS Hires Thousands of Workers Each Year: Job categories include accounting, information technology, and law enforcement, as well as tax-related jobs.

IRS Jobs Come With Government Benefits: Programs include health insurance, retirement benefits, and work-life flexibility.

Apply for Jobs Through the IRS Site or USAJobs: Or use the IRS career path finder tool to match your skills with job openings.

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