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USAJobs Announcement - Economist needed.


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hiring for an Economist in our Research, Applied Analytics and Statistics (RAAS) – Data Exploration and Testing (DET) division that may be of interest. This job announcement is open on USAJOBS:


The following are the duties of this position at the full working level.

  • Assists in preparing detailed specifications to perform validity tests and computational consistency tests of SOI data.

  • Performs basic systems acceptability testing of SOI information systems used in the data collection process.

  • Assists with the development of manual instructions for the editing and perfection of tax return data.

  • Observes and assists with training field personnel in the areas of statistical editing and error resolution of tax and information return data.

  • Performs error resolution of data problems and taxpayer reporting irregularities. Uses economic data from other government agencies and private sector groups and other publicly available information to validate data collected for Statistics of Income (SOI) projects. RAAS-SOI is responsible for formulating and executing the overall statistical policies and programs of the Internal Revenue Service. We are seeking creative minds interested in improving tax administration and working with great people.


As stated above, this position is for an Economist, which contains the following positive education/experience requirement:

  • You must have a bachelor's or higher degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

  • Experience applying methods and principles of economics and their application to research projects; experience with research, study design and administration processes; experience in determining the economic significance of the information reported on the tax returns, and tax laws; experience in oral communications and descriptive report writing; experience developing, analyzing, and presenting statistical information; experience using economic and statistical programs and understanding their usefulness in evaluating or completing research projects; experience using user oriented computer programming languages and statistical software packages; and demonstrated experience in the rules, regulations, procedures, and related systems applicable to the area of responsibility. OR

  • You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: a master's or equivalent graduate degree in Economics. OR

  • 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent graduate degree in economics.


This position will be offered in the multiple locations nationwide (see announcement).

The IRS is an excellent place to start a career: we offer great benefits, robust training, numerous advancement opportunities, and a flexible work environment. For more information, visit the IRS Career Website. We hope you’ll consider sharing information about the job posting above, as well as the following resources:



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