Law Enforcement and Investigation

Criminal Investigation (CI) is the law enforcement branch of the IRS. Our mission is to serve the American public by investigating potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code, and related financial crimes, in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law.

As an IRS CI Special Agent, you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes. Special Agents are duly sworn law enforcement officers who are trained to "follow the money." No matter what the source, all income earned, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes which fall within the investigative jurisdiction of the IRS Criminal Investigation. Because of the expertise required to conduct these complex financial investigations, IRS Special Agents are considered the premier financial investigators for the Federal Government.

Are You Ready for the Challenge?

Start by viewing the IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) Special Agent Realistic Job Preview to help you decide if this is a career option for you. You can also receive email notification of our CI Special Agent openings by becoming a registered user at How to Apply. You can register for an email notification or access the CareerConnector at any time to review a list of current openings. However, there must be an open vacancy announcement on CareerConnector for the Criminal Investigator position in order to apply.

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If you have questions regarding law enforcement careers, click here to email a CI recruiter.

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