I applied to work at the IRS but I also owe them money. Is there anyway I can still get hired?

I applied to an IRS position earlier this month. It's a GS-6 position and is full time. Surprisingly, they called me in for an interview on yesterday and I got a call today from them offering me the job. She told me that she will send me documents to sign and they will also perform a tax check on me. The

I applied to an IRS position earlier this month. It's a GS-6 position and is full time. Surprisingly, they called me in for an interview on yesterday and I got a call today from them offering me the job. She told me that she will send me documents to sign and they will also perform a tax check on me. The problem is that I owe them money. I owe them several thousand in unpaid taxes. I don't have the money to pay so the best I can do is call the 800 number and try to work out a payment arrangement. Does anyone here know if I still have a chance to get hired or if I should just let them know that I decline the position?

Other answer:

John Treason:
That "tax check" will be a full audit of all open tax years. The best way to be guaranteed regular audits is to work for the IRS.

You can work for the IRS (in most positions) even if you owe them money as long as it's not due to tax evasion or tax fraud AND you are on a payment plan that is not in default.

You won't know if this will affect the job offer unless you follow through on it. If you decline then it's an automatic "no."

Max Hoopla:
Call IRS Collections at 800-829-7650 and get set up on an installment agreement, ideally by direct deposit. This will get you in their good graces at least as someone who is attempting to become compliant. If they won't hire you because of that, you are no worse off.
tro:
probably depends on your history, obviously this is an old debt and they may not be amenable to hiring you as well as had the obligation been something that was fraudulent or you tried something that was not approved
IRS does check each employee's tax return each year and when they become delinquent and doubtful things happen
kelby7670:
One nice thing about working for the government is that they have to follow the letter of the law and can not discriminate in any way. I would guess that if you committed no crime in your nonpayment of taxes, they will hire you. It would help if you had a payment plan.
David:
Whether you take the position or not, you still owe them the money. Get on a payment plan either way.
babyboomer1001:
I doubt they will hire you, also, for the reason that you have great balls to even apply.
~Missy~:
Accept the job and see what happens. Don't offer them such information unless they ask.
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