CLERK (Initial Assistance Representative)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Rockville, Maryland
Posted
Sep 11, 2020
Closes
Sep 18, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

WHAT IS THE WAGE AND INVESTMENT DIVISION: The Wage & Investment Division (W&I) serves about 122 million taxpayers who file upwards of 94 million returns each year. W&I provides high-quality taxpayer assistance, and enable taxpayers to transact and communicate electronically to file their returns and make payments.

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Responsibilities

WHAT DOES A CLERK (INITIAL ASSISTANCE REPRESENTATIVE) DO? As a Clerk (Initial Assistance Representative), you will serve as the first point of contact for all customers coming into the Field Assistance walk-in site. You will work with taxpayers and tax practitioners needing tax assistance, as well as, a variety of other individuals including higher-level management from Headquarters, IRS officials, news media and individuals who need to be directed to other offices. In this role, you will be responsible for assessing/determining the taxpayer needs and then directing them to the appropriate individual or area. You will also work to control the walk-in area traffic flow and demands.

As an Initial Assistance Representative Clerk you will:
  • Provide assistance by assessing taxpayer needs and directing them to the appropriate individual.
  • Analyze and suggest resolution to reduce barriers impacting the effectiveness of operations and improve efficiency of the work area.
  • Assist taxpayers with inquiries on basic tax law, forms, and IRS services such as W-2, W-7, obtaining an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, filing requirements, filing status, and VITA locations.
  • Examine returns, supporting documents, and monetary receipts for completeness and discrepancies.
  • Use word processing and other software to produce a variety of correspondence in proper format, with responsibility for procedural and grammatical accuracy, factual correctness, and adequacy of treatment.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
05

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Refer to Other Information
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments


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Qualifications

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

GS-5 LEVEL:
You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: basic knowledge of research capabilities using relevant system (i.e., IDRS) and other research sources, and IRS functions and procedures in order to make appropriate referrals and provide guidance; Knowledge of and the ability to apply basic tax law; Knowledge of regulations and procedures related to administrative activities; and skill using word processing and other software and automation devices.

You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: A Bachelor's degree or four (4) years of education above high school in any field of study from an accredited college or university.

For Grade 5: You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

-The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector or Volunteer Service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work 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.

Education

Additional information

2 (Two) Positions are located in Wage and Investment, Customer Assistance Relationship and Education (CARE), Field Assistance Area 2, Group 251 at the following locations.
  • (1) 6010 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD, (MD1248)
  • (1) 903 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 100, Hampton, VA (VA0688)

POSITION DESCRIPTIONS 93176
A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
  • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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: Your application will be evaluated on the CJEs of the position to be filled per the National Agreement Article 13.

Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/
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.

Referral:
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will notreimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of, 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any 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).

All applicants
are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION
If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)
You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS
Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.

IRS employees:
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.

EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION
If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time.

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
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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