General Attorney (Tax) - Senior Counsel

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

The Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations, and Employment Taxes) provides published guidance, field support and taxpayer advice on a wide array of areas, including qualified retirement plans; health/welfare and other employee benefits; executive compensation and fringe benefits; exempt organizations tax-exempt entities; employment taxes; state/local governments; and Indian tribal governments.

As a Senior Counsel, you will serve as a legal expert on matters under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations, and Employment Taxes) (EEE), acting as consultant to the Branch Chief, the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, and the Associate Chief Counsel. EEE provides legal advice and litigation support services on tax matters involving employee 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.

Assignments include:
  • Serves as Senior Counsel with responsibility for handling and performing technical review of some of the office's most complex, important, or novel case and project assignments, particularly those with broad, or potentially controversial ramifications. Provides expert advice and litigation support services on complicated tax matters involving employee benefits, exempt organizations and employment taxes and may provide expert advice and litigation support services on certain matters involving federal, state, local and Indian tribal governments, to a wide variety of internal and external customers and clients. As delegated by the branch chief or executives, independently plans, develops and completes complex legal work products without review, and provides technical guidance and review of work products produced by other staff. Ensures such products are technically complete and adhere to office policy, while exercising signature authority 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 outside parties on behalf of EEE to exchange information or coordinate actions in the handling and completion of assignments;
  • Serves as team leader on large-scale EEE guidance and publication projects that may include representatives from other Counsel or IRS offices. Directs and coordinates work of other team members and oversees related administrative and logistical matters;
  • Develops procedural guidelines in conjunction with the review of complex advisory opinions, private letter rulings, closing agreements, Chief Counsel Advice, technical advice, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, announcements, briefs, defense letters, affirmative suit letters, settlement letters, and other technical materials for publication, to assist EEE attorneys in the development and issuance of office products;
  • Researches complex issues and trends affecting TE/GE legal services and determines the likely legal ramifications on EEE programs. Ensures that the legal or administrative consequences of potential actions to handle these issues are fully-considered and writes decision papers to determine Counsel's position on these matters. Decision papers can serve as future guidelines in the handling of these legal issues; and
  • Serves as a primary reviewer on proposed legislation with potential impact on TE/GE programs and prepares final comments and recommendations on behalf of the Office. Identifies the need for and develops and drafts new procedures and regulations to implement new or amended legislation to ensure that policies are consistent with the intent of the law, administratively sound and economical in operation, and to enable EEE to effectively achieve its mission.
This is not an all-inclusive list.


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 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 years of legal tax experience

Legal Tax Experience is defined as: 1. Extensive legal knowledge and a broad technical knowledge of tax law related to the role of the Office of Chief Counsel in federal taxation of employee benefits arranges (including familiarity with Employee Retirement Income Act (ERISA) (regarding Qualified Retirement Plans, Executive Compensation Arrangements and Health and Welfare Benefits) and, or the federal taxation of fringe benefits, federal Employment Taxes and Exempt Organizations matters which includes administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents pertaining to Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations and Employment Taxes; 2. Application of the mission, function, policies, operating programs and procedures of the TE/GE operating division's function in order to make effective decisions and solve problems/issues of substantial impact, sensitivity and complexity; 3. Review and evaluate work product produced by staff attorneys; and 4. Represent EEE before other Counsel offices, IRS, Treasury, other federal agencies, and outside parties.

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) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association 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 aBargaining Unit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
Conditions of Employment Continued:
  • 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.