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Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2007 5:13 am | Updated: 6:37 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for a few good people to help it crack down on incorrect tax returns. The agency plans to hire at least nine additional revenue agents for its Phoenix office.

The agents generally conduct on-site examinations of individual, business and corporate tax returns to determine correct federal tax liabilities.

“There has been hiring by the IRS for the last two years in the area of compliance,” said Bill Brunson, IRS spokesman in Phoenix.

“The last hiring we did here in the Phoenix area, we were able to develop a pool of applicants, and then at a later time bring some of them on board.”

There are 98 IRS revenue agents in Arizona. That number will increase to 106 at the end of this month, then will climb again once these latest slots are filled, he said.

Those who apply must be U.S. citizens and have a bachelor’s degree or higher in accounting from an accredited college or university that included at least 30 semester hours in accounting.

Applicants also may qualify if they satisfy a number of other requirements. The starting salary range is $29,000 to $69,000 depending on work experience and other qualifications.

“Once they come on board, they will be placed in a classroom situation where they will have highly skilled instructors teaching them revenue agent techniques,” Brunson said. “And then as the tax law changes, there will be continual education provided to them in this area.”

Those interested in applying need to contact Thomas O’Brien at (602) 207-8798 or thomas.g.o’brien@irs.gov by June 18, and all interviews will take place June 21 at the IRS’s Phoenix office, 201 E. Earll Drive.

“So even though we’re offering nine, the potential exists that there would be more than nine if there are enough qualified applicants,” Brunson said.

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