Tax Law Specialist - Senior Advisor

Washington, D.C
Nov 30, 2022
Dec 02, 2022
Audit and Tax
Full Time

Serves as Senior Advisor with responsibility for personally handling, and performing technical review of, some of the office's most complex, important, or novel project/case assignments, particularly those with broad, or potentially controversial ramifications. As delegated by the manager, independently plans, develops, and completes complex 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 exercise signatory authority on own and other's products in accordance with delegated authority. Applies high level 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, and other Federal agencies to exchange information or coordinate actions in the handling/completion of assignments. Serves as team leader on large-scale guidance and publication projects that may include representatives from other Counsel/IRS offices. Directs and coordinates work of other team members, overseeing all related administrative/logistical matters.

As a Tax Law Specialist - Senior Advisor, you will:
  • Assist with the development, management, and evaluation of the office's policies, positions, and programs, and provides strategic planning and support in identifying emerging trends and issues likely to have an impact on office programs and activities.
  • Serve as a primary liaison, on behalf of the office, with other Counsel and IRS offices to facilitate communications between offices and to coordinate and improve services. Conduct outreach activities to promote information sharing between offices.
  • In connection with technical review work, develop procedural guidelines to assist attorneys in the development of these products. Serve as a primary reviewer on proposed legislation with potential impact on office programs and prepares final comments/recommendations on behalf of the office. Identifies the need for and drafts new legislation. Develops procedures for implementing new legislation.
  • As designated by management, act as recognized resource specialist to other office staff for the purpose of providing substantive guidance and assistance to less senior attorneys to facilitate the development and completion of work assignments. May assist
    in the identification of staff training needs, and the development and delivery of such training.
  • Serve as Counsel representative and advocate in senior-level meetings and conferences with IRS and Treasury personnel, as well as in meeting with Congressional staff or the staff of other Federal agencies or instrumentalities, as appropriate, with full authority to participate in decisions/commitments on behalf of the office. Perform other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

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


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See "Required Documents" for a list of document requirements for all employment authorities.
    • Current Chief Counsel Employee

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 Tax Law Specialist - Senior Advisor, you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:

For GS-15:

Specialized Experience: Your resume must detail at least one year of specialized experience which includes: Experience includes significant experience with respect to the interplay of employee benefits, exempt organizations and employment taxes standards and generally accepted principles with provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, tax regulations, published rulings, court cases, and other technical materials. This includes preparing memoranda, comment letters, private letter rulings, notices of proposed adjustment, position papers, closing agreements, and/or opinions with respect to complex interpretation matters involving Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations and Employment Taxes experience as a primary contact in his/her organization or branch with respect to employee benefits, exempt organizations and employment taxes and federal tax provisions such that he/she was responsible for assisting all levels of non-tax and tax personnel; experience developing and teaching training courses, and/or presenting on panels; and experience as a liaison for his/her organization.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-14).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

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).


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

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 bargainingunit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
Conditions of Employment Continued:
  • Subject to a 1-year 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.