Did you know that workers at the Internal Revenue Service can accrue four hours of vacation time every two weeks - even when they are on sick leave?

It's true - and you know how I know? The IRS has posted video testimonials on YouTube of what particular jobs are like at the government agency. Through a playlist called, "Working at the IRS," viewers can hear what's it like to be an international examiner, a revenue agent, a contact representative and a special agent in criminal investigation, in "day in the life" video glimpses of those who are already in those positions.

Also on the IRS YouTube channel (sounds kind of like an oxymoron, doesn't it?) are other videos addressing tax tips for individuals and businesses, information about new credits, deductions and changes in tax law, and even videos in American Sign Language and Spanish. There's also a new and improved IRS Careers Web site (www.jobs.irs.gov/home.html) that tries to address the needs of those headed to college, those out of college ready to start their career, those looking to make a career move, and the part-timer.

Who knew the IRS could be kind of ... cool?

Anyway, moving on - in other Accounting Tomorrow news, Jon Barnett, a staff member at Carr, Riggs & Ingram in Jackson, Miss., not only passed the CPA Exam in one sitting, he achieved the highest grade on the 2009 test - earning him statewide recognition. As a result, Barnett, who works on the firm's audit team, has been awarded the Fred T. Neely Gold Medal Award by the Mississippi Society of CPAs. He was honored during the business meeting of the MSCPA's annual convention. Congrats, Jon!

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