General Attorney (Tax)

Washington, D.C
Aug 05, 2022
Aug 09, 2022
Full Time

Chief Counsel attorneys provide top quality legal advice and representation to the IRS in the administration of the nation's tax laws. With the Internal Revenue Service as its primary client and roughly 1500 attorneys on staff, the Office of Chief Counsel is the preeminent employer for tax attorneys in the country. Our attorneys are valued assets and the legal experience provided by Chief Counsel is unlike any other. Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations, and Employment Taxes) provides legal advice and litigation support services on tax matters involving employee retirement plans, exempt organizations, employment taxes, executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, and certain Federal, state, local and Indian tribal government issues to a wide variety of internal and external customers and clients. We are seeking to fill one or more positions in the Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations and Employment Taxes (EEE) Associate office with attorneys who have experience with exempt organizations tax law.

As a General Attorney (Tax), you will handle all aspects related to professional legal work involving one or more of the following areas:
Exempt Organizations - § 115 - income of states, municipalities, etc.; §§ 501 through 509 - requirements of tax-exempt status under § 501(a) and related provisions and foundation classification, where applicable; §§ 511 through 514 - unrelated business income tax; § 527 - political organizations; § 529 - qualified tuition programs; § 529A qualified ABLE programs; § 530 - Coverdell education savings accounts; §§ 4911 and 4912 - excise taxes on public charities; §§ 4940 through 4948 - excise taxes on private foundations; §§ 4958 through 4968 - excise taxes on excess benefit transactions, hospital compliance failures, donor advised funds, excess compensation, and certain investment income; § 6033 - exempt organization reporting requirements; § 6104 - disclosure of certain exempt organization information; § 7428 - declaratory judgments related to section 501(c) organizations; § 7611 - restrictions on church tax inquiries and examinations; and application of Federal tax laws to Indian tribal governments and their distributions.

This list is not all-inclusive.


Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.


To qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

To qualify for this position of General Attorney (Tax) you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:

Basic Requirements for General Attorney (Tax):
  • Possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND
  • Applicants must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

GS-14 Experience Requirements:
  • 1 year of general legal experience; plus
  • 2 year(s) of legal tax experience

Legal Tax Experience is defined as: Managing legal issues and interpretation and/or compliance work related to tax issues involving exempt organizations.

At least one year of this experience must be equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the Federal service (GS-13).

Education Substitution: An LL.M. degree in the field of the position ( tax, GLS-related, or P&A- FOIA/Disclosure related field ) may be substituted for the one year of the general legal experience listed above.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.


For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • This is aBargainingunit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
Conditions of Employment Continued:
  • Subject to a 1-year trial period (unless already completed).
  • Subject to a Tenure Commitment of up to 3 years
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Undergo an income tax verification.
  • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of Federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.