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  • We have it good.
    anonymous florida
    I worked for the private sector for 18 years, and for the government 23 years -- same talents, same skills. I worked for small businesses where I did get health insurance or when I had no health insurance I paid for my own, because it wasn't so outrageously expensive as it is now. I watched peers with less skills and education but in bigger companies make more money, have better benefits, including paid leaves, pension plans and dental insurance, tuition reimbursement. Woe is me (tongue-in-cheek) some of them got laid off... I worked as a professional for a medium sized medical devices company where I then had good benefits. But, I took a risk and decided to go with the government in a position that was not quite suited to my goals, but got me in the door. Don't begrudge me. I know people my age who had their tuition paid for, who were making lots of money with overtime included and had other perks. I know plenty of people who have better benefits, such as companies that pay for adoption, companies that give their employees disability insurance, better pay, give severance pay (which is something I never had.) And, yes, I know there are plenty who don't have what we have -- I've been there, and I don't want to go back. I don't think we should be racing to the bottom. I too am tired of hearing how great we have it. I work in a dump building with crappy equipment. I have to deal with bureacracy. I face a long commute. Some don't, but I do deserve my pay and benefits. Let's see the rest of the 99% have the opportunity to do better, but don't continue to take away my pay and benefits.
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  • My experience
    SGT Pepper
    My total salary and benefits package is 26% lower than the private sector (Managing Auditor for a mid sized NYC CPA Firm) job I left to be a Fed (Revenue Agent Manager). So no, my Federal salary and benefits package isn't on par with the equivalent private sector position. Not even close. It was however a conscious and informed decision on my part to trade that private sector salary in, along with the 6 day, 55 hour work week it came with, for the Federal job I have now. I work just as hard now, except never on weekends. That's the only significant difference when all is said and done. My opinion of our Fed package? Underpaid in salary, the health care benefits are great, the bonuses are terrible, the TSP goes as the market goes, and the pension is awful.
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  • Glass Half Full
    X-taxman
    An 'awful' pension is better than 'no' pension. Would your mid-sized NYC CPA Firm retirement plan include a pension?? I was an RA mgr for over 20 years, and I left the Service at $140K salary with a 40-hr work week, so I couldn't really say I was underpaid. And I am CSRS so I also can't complain about my pension. Different perspectives, I guess. LOL you're absolutely right about the 'bonuses', however. What a joke that whole process is!!
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  • Retirement
    Moderate
    Nice pension X. As a hobby, will you represent taxpayers against the IRS at the agent or appeals level. Appeals level might be challenging. Do you have your CPA or EA?
    worker
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  • Retirement
    X-taxman
    Yes I can't complain about the pension, based on almost 34 years of service (counting eight months from unused sick leave). And spouse has a good pension from the State so we should be ok even when our savings run out. Yes I am doing a little tax prep and rep work, mostly to justify the CPE hours needed to keep up my license. As you can imagine it's very different working with the Service from the outside. Do you plan to do the same?
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  • Retirement
    Moderate
    I want to work full time for a large company, but not at a high level. I will not prepare returns for pay, but ideally like to handle problem cases (those that go to appeals). Obviously, I would only handle a few per year if I get any. If I don't, it is no big deal.-----I passed the CPA test, but never got the license, because, by the time I worked for a CPA, too much time had passed. I will get the EA, which is almost as good.----I assume you are a CPA. I have been told the CPE is not good because you have to attend classes rather than do them on line. I prefer on line items. You sound like you enjoy retirement.
    worker
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  • Retirement
    X-taxman
    Actually, no, I am not certified. Never had any desire or need to be. And yes, for what I want in retirement, Enrolled Agent is every bit as good. Yes, the CPE hours can be a pain, but you can knock out almost a whole year's worth of hours in one seminar. I've had zero regrets about retiring, especially seeing all the fed bashing, freezes, etc going on. I don't think you will have any regrets either.
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