IRS Hiring Special Agents for Criminal Investigation Division – Finance Career Management, Finance Career News
Come one, come all: The IRS is hiring for one of its prime divisions.
A recently-released report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) that assesses the Division’s performance states that special agent staffing has increased 4.1% from last year, from 2,617 to 2,725. But the difference of 108 positions represents the net between 312 newly hired agents and the loss of 204 experienced agents. Overall, the number of field special agents has decreased 10.2% since 2004.
This new hiring comes in the wake of last year’s push for 800 new employees to scour the world in search of American tax evaders.
The turnover has resulted in fewer case completions than in previous years. Last year, TIGTA expressed concerns that the Division would fail to “reduce the pipeline inventory.” That worry was justified. Even though the Division reduced its completion goal from 4,000 to 3,900, it still came up 52 investigations short in 2009.
As the recent kerfuffle between U.S. and Swiss authorities over the transfer of tax data indicates, the premium placed on routing out international tax schemes has reached an all-time high, and the IRS needs agents around the world to act as gumshoes. According to the report, “the international initiative will require increased hiring and include a broader range of cases and sharply increased presence in other countries.”
While an IRS spokesman could not give a full outline of the hiring initiative, he did highlight some of the necessary qualifications that can be found on the IRS’ website:
— Younger than 37, unless you’ve served in a federal law enforcement position before.
— Prime physical condition (you’ll be tested on it).
— Gun-shooting experience.
If you’re comfortable with all of the above and you like the sound of Special Agent [Your Name Here], you may want to consider applying.
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