General Attorney (Tax)(Senior Counsel)

Washington, D.C
Nov 25, 2022
Nov 29, 2022
Full Time

The Associate Chief Counsel, Procedure and Administration (P&A) located in Washington, DC, comprises approximately 100 attorneys and 80 support personnel. The office's responsibilities include legal issues arising out of the assessment and collection of Federal taxes, bankruptcy, ethics, abatement, credits, refund of Federal taxes, disclosure of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act matters, and judicial proceedings which include technical electronic discovery (eDiscovery) litigation support.

As a General Attorney (Tax)(Senior Counsel), you will:
  • Provide expert advice and litigation support services on the most complicated tax matters involving the procedural aspects of filing returns and paying taxes; assessment and collection of taxes (including interest and penalties); abating, crediting or refunding over assessments or overpayments of tax; disclosure, privacy and FOIA; bankruptcy practices and procedures; summonses and the gathering of information; ethics; and judicial practice and procedure.
  • Plan, develop and complete complex legal work products without review, and provide technical guidance and review of other staff work products. Ensure such products are technically complete and adhere to office policy and exercises signatory authority on own and others' products in accordance with delegated authority.
  • Apply a high level of sophisticated analysis and research to identify and assess approaches to make recommendations on behalf of the Office to program executives and managers. As appropriate, interact with personnel from other Counsel offices, IRS, Treasury, other Federal agencies, and/or others on behalf of PA to exchange information or coordinate actions in the handling and completion of assignments.
  • Serve as team leader on large-scale PA guidance and publication projects that may include representatives from other Counsel Divisions or IRS offices. Direct and coordinate work of other team members, and oversee all related administrative and logistical matters.
  • Develop procedural guidelines to assist PA attorneys in the development of complex advisory opinions, private letter rulings, technical advice memorandums, closing agreements, published guidance (revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, announcements and regulations), pleadings, defense letters, and Chief Counsel Advice memoranda.
  • Research complex issues and trends affecting PA legal services and determine likely legal ramifications on PA programs. Ensure that the legal or administrative consequences of potential actions to handle these issues are fully considered, and write decision papers to determine Counsel's position on these matters.
  • Serve as a primary reviewer on proposed legislation with potential impact on PA programs, and prepare final comments and recommendations on behalf of the office. Develop and draft new procedures and regulations to implement new or amended legislation to ensure that policies are consistent with the intent of the law, are administratively sound, economical in operation, and enable PA to effectively meet its mission.
This is not an all-inclusive list.


Conditions of Employment

  • Refer to "Additional Information"
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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National


In order 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)(Senior Counsel), you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:

Basic Requirements for General Attorney (Tax)(Senior Counsel):
  • 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-15 Experience Requirements:
  • 1 year of general legal experience; plus
  • 3 year(s) of legal tax experience

Legal Tax Experience is defined as: Comprehensive knowledge of procedural tax law, as well as other areas of the law and legal concepts particularly as they affect the tax laws. Expertise in one or more of the following specialization areas: the procedural aspects of filing returns and paying taxes; Circular 230; the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct; the Administrative Procedure Act; assessment and collection of taxes (including interest and penalties); abating, crediting, or refunding over assessments or overpayments of tax; matters relating to disclosure, privacy and FOIA; matters relating to bankruptcy practice and procedure; matters relating to summonses and the gathering of information; judicial practice and procedure; and electronic discovery in litigation.

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-14).

Education Substitution: An LL.M. degree in taxation or 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.

Time in Grade Requirement for GS-15: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-14).


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 a bargaining unit 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).
  • 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.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • 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.