General Attorney (Tax) - Senior Counsel

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

The Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products) has jurisdiction over the taxation of financial institutions (banks, thrift institutions, insurance companies, regulated investment companies, and real estate investment trusts), financial products (annuities, original issue discount obligations, hedges, swaps, options, futures, bonds, and forwards), and tax-exempt and tax credit bonds. The Office provides legal advice, and litigation services and support, to the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, other Chief Counsel organizations, other government agencies, and the public. As a General Attorney (Tax) - Senior Counsel, you will:
  • Serves as Senior Counsel with responsibility for personally handling, and performing technical review of, some of the office's most complex, important, or novel case/project assignments, particularly those with broad, or potentially controversial ramifications.
  • Provides expert advice and litigation support services on the most complicated financial institutions and products tax matters, including banks, thrift institutions, insurance companies, regulated investment companies, real estate investment trusts, real estate mortgage investment conduits, asset securitization arrangements, life insurance contracts, annuities, tax- exempt and tax credit bonds, options, futures, and other derivative products, debt instruments including original issue discount obligations, hedging and straddle arrangements, and notional principal contracts, and other types of innovative financial instruments and entities.
  • As delegated by the manager, independently plans, develops and completes complex legal work products without review, and provides technical guidance and review of other staff work products. Ensures such products are technically complete and adhere to office policy, and exercises signatory authority on own and others' products in accordance with delegated authority.
  • Applies 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, interacts with personnel from other Counsel offices, IRS, Treasury, other Federal agencies, and/or others on behalf of FIP to exchange information or coordinate actions in the handling and completion of assignments.


Conditions of Employment

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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: experience in one or more of the following areas: tax issues concerning the issuance of tax-exempt bonds; tax issues concerning financial institutions and products, including banks, thrift institutions, regulated investment companies, real estate investment trusts, asset securitization arrangements, debt modifications, options, futures contracts, original issue discount obligations, hedging arrangements and other types of innovative financial instruments and entities.

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 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.

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 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).
  • 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.