General Attorney (Tax) - Senior Technician Reviewer

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

The Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products) has jurisdiction over the taxation of financial institutions, and financial products. The Office provides legal advice and litigation services/support to the Department of the Treasury, the IRS, other Chief Counsel organizations, other government agencies, and the public. The Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products) has jurisdiction over the taxation of financial institutions, and financial products. The Office provides legal advice and litigation services/support to the Department of the Treasury, the IRS, other Chief Counsel organizations, other government agencies, and the public.

As Senior Technician Reviewer (STR), the incumbent serves as a technical expert with respect to the subject areas and functions of the assigned Branch. Subject areas for which FIP is responsible involve the specialty areas of tax law as it pertains to 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.

As a General Attorney (Tax) Senior Technician Reviewer, you will:
  • Acts as a legal and technical consultant to the Branch Chief, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Associate Chief Counsel, and, as assigned, to other officials in the Office of Chief Counsel on some of the most difficult, important, and complex professional legal and policy matters concerned with the work of the Branch, or which may affect the work of other Branches of the office, or other components of the Chief Counsel's Office.
  • Acts as a reviewer, and in some cases as the initiating attorney, for some of the most complicated, difficult, and unusual assignments and projects involving the development and drafting of Internal Revenue legislation and regulations, considering recommendations for enactment of legislation and the promulgation of regulations, private letter rulings, revenue rulings, technical advice memoranda, Chief Counsel advice, and other advice memoranda dealing with tax problems submitted by taxpayers and their representatives, state and federal agencies, and other Chief Counsel and IRS offices.
  • Acts as principal attorney in charge of recommending the policies and developing the procedures and regulations implementing new or amended legislation for specific areas of tax law and is responsible for ensuring that these policies, procedures, and regulations are consistent with the intent of the law and are administratively sound, efficient, and economical in operation.
  • Supports the work of IRS and Chief Counsel components in all aspects of their work, to include litigation activities, technical advice and guidance, the preparation of briefs and appellate recommendations.
  • As needed, conducts conferences and represents the IRS on specific issues of a highly complex nature with taxpayers and their representatives.
  • As appropriate, represents the Office on training sessions, presentations and panel discussions before IRS and Counsel components, other governmental agencies and business and professional groups on technical and legal matters relating to the work of the Branch.
  • In consultation with the Branch Chief, assigns work to the attorneys and specialists within the Branch and advises on approaches to be taken. As required, and in cases in which the Branch Chief is absent, substitutes for the Branch Chief and performs the full range of duties of that position.
  • Performs other professional duties as assigned.


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 Technician Reviewer you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:

Basic Requirements for General Attorney (Tax) Senior Technician Reviewer:
  • 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 financial institutions, which may include banks, thrift institutions, real estate investment trusts, regulated investment companies, real estate mortgage investment conduits, dealers, traders in securities, insurance companies, financial service companies, or other institutions; the taxation of financial products or transactions, including debt instruments (e.g., original issue discount, AHYDO, bond premium, bond strips, and market discount), options, forwards, futures, notional principal contracts, original issue discount obligations, asset securitization arrangements, hedging arrangements, virtual currency, or other financial transactions; tax issues related to accounting methods including changes in accounting methods; the taxation of gain or loss on disposition of property (including wash sales, straddles) complex legal tax questions requiring extensive research and legal analysis; significant tax legal writing experience that would be applicable for analyzing and responding to requests for private letter rulings, technical advice, and Chief Counsel advice on complex issues; or litigation experience relating to tax-law cases.

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 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 aNon-Bargainingunit 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 1-year supervisory or managerial probationary 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.