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Revenue Agent – Employment Tax Specialist

I work on large-case taxpayers, which are the ones you read
about in the newspaper. And Employment Tax basically
audits executive compensation and employee fringes
and that sort of compliance. A lot of it is compliance, and you look for compliance
and what is compensation in wages for the small guy
up to the CEO of the company. And typically,
we start with executives and work our way down,
if you will, because there’s certain things
that come to our attention, and they affect every employee. Other things will affect
just he senior executives, but you do make a difference in that their wages
are reported accurately and reported accurately
to Social Security so that when they retire
years from now, their wages will be
correctly stated. The laws are complex, and employers, for the most
part, in good faith, are trying to implement them
correctly. It’s just that there’s so much
to do correctly that they don’t always do
the correct thing, and what’s why we’re here. We’re here to help bring them
into the compliance that they need to have
to do it right going forward. My background prior
to coming to the Service was about approximately
20 years of experience in the private sector,
some of it in public accounting, some of it in internal audit, most of it
in corporate tax accounting. The first thing you should do if you’re interested
in coming to the IRS is finish
your accounting degree. Most states require
the extra 30 hours now to get you to the 150. You can get your master’s in
tax, preferably, or accounting. There’s a lot of specialties that you can hire into
at the Service that you need a solid,
fundamental background in accounting
and somewhat in tax. But you start with that. The Internal Revenue Service very much wants employees
to have a work-life balance. They very much want volunteerism
and activism in the community. They want us to be good
citizens, and that’s important. The work variety
is very similar to public when you’re a specialist because you’re juggling
so many different cases, so many different taxpayers, so many different teams
and groups of people that you’re working with,
both on our side of the table and on the taxpayers’ side
of the table. It’s not that different. But what is different is the ability to leave it
at the end of the day, go home, do something else,
enjoy your family, take care
of a personal commitment, and not have that questioned.

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