This time he wants more than just your taxes. He wants you to help him collect them.
As the year winds down, the IRS is conducting its annual search for employees to help it get through the filing season crunch. Here in Austin, the call's gone out via ads in the local daily newspaper (shown here) as well as on television, albeit mostly during late-night programs.
According to the the print appeal and the stentorian tones of the TV voice-over guy, a job as a G-man or woman is great: retirement plan, paid vacation, stability ("We're not an up-and-coming employer. We've been around for while."), free parking. Who could ask for more?
Well ... there's one word in both the print and broadcast come-ons that bothers me: Seasonal.
Seasonal tax examiners. Seasonal data transcribers. Seasonal clerks. Isn't that just a euphemism for temporary?
If I get one of these IRS jobs, will I still be examining returns come July? Will all the data be entered and dealt with by September? Will I be around long enough to vest in the Thrift Savings Plan employer match or enjoy one of those many federal holidays off?
Special Agent Man (or Woman): A more secure position might be as an IRS Criminal Investigator. Tax crimes know no season.
And who wouldn't want this job:
If you are searching for an exciting career in law enforcement and have strong accounting and communications skills, you should consider becoming an IRS special agent. Tax evasion and money laundering cases are complex and challenging, requiring investigators possessing specialized skills, integrity, dedication and professionalism. IRS Criminal Investigation has one of the most distinguished histories in Federal law enforcement, and its special agents are universally recognized as premier financial investigators. If you are looking for a challenging profession with a future, then a career as an IRS special agent might be right for you!
If you're interested in pinning on a tax badge, act fast. The application window closes on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
If, however, you want something a little less exciting but a bit more than seasonal, check out this Web page, "IRS -- Why work for us?" If that pitch sells you on the agency's workplace virtues, then you'll find links where you can search for jobs and apply when you find one you like.