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leehom  
#121 Posted : Thursday, May 27, 2021 10:59:05 PM(UTC)
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How is the entire process? Application > Interview > TO > Fingerprints > FO > EOD?

What are the different positions available for this job? RA/RO/TCO?

Interviewed last month, TO a couple of weeks ago.

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#122 Posted : Friday, May 28, 2021 8:52:59 AM(UTC)
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My RA application updated to "Referred to Selecting official". Does it mean that the selecting official decides if I will be called for interview? Also, I have not received any notification about my score. How do I find out about that?
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#123 Posted : Friday, May 28, 2021 12:59:42 PM(UTC)
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My RA application updated to "Referred to Selecting official". Does it mean that the selecting official decides if I will be called for interview? Also, I have not received any notification about my score. How do I find out about that?

That means you passed your test. Just waiting for interview call. Good luck.
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#124 Posted : Friday, May 28, 2021 1:05:10 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: leehom Go to Quoted Post
How is the entire process? Application > Interview > TO > Fingerprints > FO > EOD?

What are the different positions available for this job? RA/RO/TCO?

Interviewed last month, TO a couple of weeks ago.

Congratulation, Some TO come in unofficial way with no formal letter and IRSJOB account. Is that right?

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#125 Posted : Friday, May 28, 2021 6:14:58 PM(UTC)
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I had applied to a number of TCO positions two weeks ago and took my TCO3 assessment on Monday. I have yet to hear back about my score, I hope I did well on it.
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#126 Posted : Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:16:07 AM(UTC)
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If anyone who received a firm offer as a TCO/Tax Specialist, did you give a job reference? How many references should you give and when did you submit it, was it before you got a firm offer? Thank you for your answers.
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#127 Posted : Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:47:03 PM(UTC)
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If anyone who received a firm offer as a TCO/Tax Specialist, did you give a job reference? How many references should you give and when did you submit it, was it before you got a firm offer? Thank you for your answers.


They never asked me for references when I went through the hiring process. I don't recall if I had any on resume.
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#128 Posted : Monday, May 31, 2021 3:42:17 PM(UTC)
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Did anyone's TCO or IRA application get updated online? My TCO application (21CIN-SBX0260-0526-5T9) just got updated to "received application". I was hoping to go forward especially since I have already taken the assessment :-p. I guess its a waiting game from what I understand.


Applied for the same announcement and have not received an update, as well.
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#129 Posted : Tuesday, June 1, 2021 7:04:27 AM(UTC)
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Does anyone know if the TCO/Tax Specialist is a "ladder position" or just in general how the upward mobility is? Thanks for any info!
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#130 Posted : Tuesday, June 1, 2021 1:43:50 PM(UTC)
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Does anyone know if the TCO/Tax Specialist is a "ladder position" or just in general how the upward mobility is? Thanks for any info!


It is 5/7/9 non competitively. You can go up to 11 but you need to wait for an announcement. I was a grade 9 for 5 years without ever having an announcement near me for the grade 11. Eventually I gave up and switched jobs but TCO was a great stepping stone to where I am at now.
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#131 Posted : Friday, June 11, 2021 5:10:56 AM(UTC)
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Question...does anyone know whether or not RO will be a direct path to RA just like TCO?

I mean I have been offered RO and TCO, I know TCO is, but I am not sure if RO will lead to RA.
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#132 Posted : Friday, June 11, 2021 5:35:41 AM(UTC)
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Question...does anyone know whether or not RO will be a direct path to RA just like TCO?

I mean I have been offered RO and TCO, I know TCO is, but I am not sure if RO will lead to RA.


RO is not a direct path to RA as they have completely different functions. The RO position goes to grade 11 non competitively and then 12 competitively whereas the TCO goes to grade 9 non competitively and then 11 competitively.

As long as you have the credits to become an RA it really doesn't matter which position you go with. Personally I would take RO because there is room to grow but the TCO position more closely models the RA position if that is what you are looking for.
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#133 Posted : Friday, June 11, 2021 10:24:45 AM(UTC)
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Question...does anyone know whether or not RO will be a direct path to RA just like TCO?

I mean I have been offered RO and TCO, I know TCO is, but I am not sure if RO will lead to RA.


RO is not a direct path to RA as they have completely different functions. The RO position goes to grade 11 non competitively and then 12 competitively whereas the TCO goes to grade 9 non competitively and then 11 competitively.

As long as you have the credits to become an RA it really doesn't matter which position you go with. Personally I would take RO because there is room to grow but the TCO position more closely models the RA position if that is what you are looking for.


Thanks!! I am starting RO in about a week, but accepted the TCO just in case. But apparently I am short 2 Accounting classes for RA even with the MPA.

I am just trying to find a path with continuous growth, because I don't want to be stuck at GS9 for the next 5 to 20 years! I've been GS9 ITAS for a year already.

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So, There is a question. For RA position .Revenue Agent GS9 after 52 weeks goes to 11 and after 52 weeks to 12 non competitively. Is that correct? Then start steps 1,2,...
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#135 Posted : Saturday, June 12, 2021 12:31:57 PM(UTC)
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Hello everyone,

I finally got the firm offer. I started this topic, "IRA and TCO (Tax Compliance Officer/Tax Specialist *Amended*)" in the last year. Since then the topic is continually going on with threads, thank you so much all of you who contributed to the topic with your comments and replies. Excited for my new journey begins! Best wishes to you all. :)

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#136 Posted : Wednesday, June 16, 2021 11:06:17 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: AAA Go to Quoted Post
So, There is a question. For RA position .Revenue Agent GS9 after 52 weeks goes to 11 and after 52 weeks to 12 non competitively. Is that correct? Then start steps 1,2,...


Not sure if you got an answer, so I will answer.

Usually you start at GS grade step 1 and after a year you move to the next GS grade step 1. However, you might move to the step 2 of the current grade as you wait for the next GS grade step 1.

I am going in at my current GS Grade and step and since I have already met the 52 wk time in grade, the manager can request the next GS level with no issues. She did mention a 9 month review so I am hoping to get it then, but if not I am still qualified for it if it opens!
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#137 Posted : Wednesday, June 16, 2021 11:10:57 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: rmbr2018 Go to Quoted Post
Hello everyone,

I finally got the firm offer. I started this topic, "IRA and TCO (Tax Compliance Officer/Tax Specialist *Amended*)" in the last year. Since then the topic is continually going on with threads, thank you so much all of you who contributed to the topic with your comments and replies. Excited for my new journey begins! Best wishes to you all. :)


I interviewed for this cert back in November 2020 and got the TO and Firm May 2021 and June 2021.

I also interviewed for the 2021 Cert and was given offers that I declined because of the locations.
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#138 Posted : Wednesday, June 16, 2021 11:14:02 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: leehom Go to Quoted Post
How is the entire process? Application > Interview > TO > Fingerprints > FO > EOD?

What are the different positions available for this job? RA/RO/TCO?

Interviewed last month, TO a couple of weeks ago.


It's hard to say because I interviewed for TCO 2020 in November 2020 and just got the firm offer June 11, 2021!

However I interviewed for RO in late March and received a firm offer 3 wks later.
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#139 Posted : Wednesday, June 16, 2021 3:00:12 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: AAA Go to Quoted Post
So, There is a question. For RA position .Revenue Agent GS9 after 52 weeks goes to 11 and after 52 weeks to 12 non competitively. Is that correct? Then start steps 1,2,...


Not sure if you got an answer, so I will answer.

Usually you start at GS grade step 1 and after a year you move to the next GS grade step 1. However, you might move to the step 2 of the current grade as you wait for the next GS grade step 1.

I am going in at my current GS Grade and step and since I have already met the 52 wk time in grade, the manager can request the next GS level with no issues. She did mention a 9 month review so I am hoping to get it then, but if not I am still qualified for it if it opens!

I got the impression I can't get promoted early even though I already have TIG. I'll be jealous if your manager actually does that.
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AAA on 6/22/2021(UTC)
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#140 Posted : Wednesday, June 16, 2021 4:46:43 PM(UTC)
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So, There is a question. For RA position .Revenue Agent GS9 after 52 weeks goes to 11 and after 52 weeks to 12 non competitively. Is that correct? Then start steps 1,2,...


That is correct.

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