Current Commissioner: Douglas H. Shulman
President Abraham Lincoln delegated tax collection to his newly appointed commissioner of Internal Revenue in 1862, soon after the start of the Civil War, to cover the expense of war. Today, the Internal Revenue Service is the largest bureau within the U.S. Department of Treasury, with more than 115,000 employees in almost every conceivable occupation. Internal Revenue Service career opportunities exist within four main categories of IRS operations:
Individual Income, Wages and Investment
Mid-to-Large Business and International Business
Small Business/Sole Proprietorship
Tax-Exempt Organizations and Government Entities
Internal Revenue Service careers are more than just tax examiners and internal revenue agents – there are jobs in information technology, human resources, law enforcement, budget and finance, as well as administrative and facility maintenance support roles. The IRS also offers jobs and internships for students planning to attend college and recent college grads. Thousands of job seekers find opportunities during the busiest season for the IRS – from January through May – when the IRS increases its seasonal staff to process millions of tax returns and respond to tax payers’ questions.
Working at Internal Revenue Service means a rewarding career in any number of fields or a temporary job earning supplemental income during at least five months out of every year. For most Internal Revenue Service employees, the IRS culture is a fast-paced one. IRS employees stay abreast of pending legislation, executive orders and tax law changes enacted by Congress. Working for Internal Revenue Service requires understanding all of the legal, political and social implications that impact U.S. personal and business income and taxation.
Similar to other federal agencies, Internal Revenue Service benefits packages are extremely attractive. IRS employees choose from a number of group health plans suited for personal and household budgets and family health care needs. Vision, dental and long-term care insurance benefits are among those IRS employees choose from, in addition to flexible spending accounts.
The IRS benefits include a generous time off policy – called annual leave – and sick leave that accrue every pay period. IRS employees also get 10 paid federal holidays off from work. Some IRS employees are eligible for leadership development training and student loan repayment incentives. Working for Internal Revenue Service means the federal government contributes to one of two retirement funds in which you participate. IRS employees can also invest in a Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for additional retirement income. TSP accounts are similar to 401k programs offered to private sector employees.
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