General Attorney (Tax) Senior Technical Reviewer

Washington, D.C
Jan 25, 2023
Feb 01, 2023
Full Time

This position is located in Washington, D.C., in the office of the Associate Chief Counsel (International, Branch 7). The Senior Technical Reviewer (STR) serves as a technical expert with respect to the tax areas relating to the functions of Branch 7. In addition, the STR is responsible for the assignment and review of the cases for some of the attorneys within the Branch; and, as assigned, may perform other administrative/management tasks within the Branch. The Senior Technical Reviewer in this position functions as an Assistant to the Branch Chief. The principal subject matter areas of the branch include jurisdiction over legal issues in areas of cross-border information gathering and tax enforcement in civil and criminal tax matters under the Internal Revenue Code, which may include exchange of information under tax treaties and other international agreements; FATCA; tax avoidance or evasion with respect to offshore activities; cross-border collection assistance; the special regimes and penalties with respect to summonses and other procedures under the Code with respect to foreign-based information; international aspects of U.S. reporting requirements for beneficial ownership information; and the coordination of federal tax laws in U.S. territories.

As a General Attorney (Tax) - Senior Technician Reviewer, you will:
  • Act as a legal and technical consultant to the Branch Chief, the Deputies Associate Chief Counsel (International), the Associate Chief Counsel (International), and, as assigned, to other officials in the Office of Chief Counsel on some of the most important professional legal and policy matters concerned with the work of the Branch, or that may affect the work of other Branches of the office, or other components of the Office of Chief Counsel. Such matters involve research on complicated legal problems and the development of recommendations regarding the positions to be taken by the Branch and the Office.
  • Act as a reviewer and, in some cases as the initiating attorney, on projects involving the development and drafting of Internal Revenue legislation and regulations, considering recommendations for enactment of legislation and the promulgation of regulations, and the issuance of private letter rulings, revenue rulings, technical advice memoranda, general legal advice memoranda, and other guidance.
  • Act as the 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.
  • Perform activities in the subject area of the Branch including legal assistance, document review, appellate recommendations, and litigation support. Many of the issues presented for decision are submitted after extensive consideration in the field and elsewhere. Problems presented cover a broad range of tax law issues requiring interpretation of the Internal Revenue Code, tax regulations, published rulings, court cases, and other technical materials. Make recommendations on the need for initiating, consolidating, or eliminating programs and projects. Act as project manager, assigns (in consultation with the Branch Chief) work to the attorneys and specialists within the Branch, advises them on the approach to take, reviews work product, and provides the Branch Chief with performance feedback of work performed.
  • As needed, represent the IRS in conferences with taxpayers and their representatives. In this connection, the STR analyzes the transactions or issues involved in light of the Internal Revenue Code and applicable regulations, examines the data submitted (such as court exhibits and briefs), questions taxpayers or their representatives, and makes a determination or recommendation for the IRS.
  • As necessary, participate in the resolution of complex technical problems presented by taxpayers or their representatives and give advice on important technical, legal, and policy matters to the Associate Chief Counsel (International), the Deputies Associate Chief Counsel (International), and other Office of Chief Counsel officials.
  • As appropriate, speak or engage in panel discussions before business and professional groups on technical and legal matters relating to the work of the Branch. As required, and also in cases in which the Branch Chief is absent, the STR substitutes for the Branch Chief and performs the full range of duties of that position. In situations where the signature by a higher official is not necessary, may take final action with respect to work prepared in the Branch. Otherwise, may make decisions for referral to higher levels of review.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.


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 professional legal experience; plus
  • 3 year(s) of professional legal tax experience

Professional Legal Tax Experience is defined as: thorough and comprehensive professional knowledge of Internal Revenue and Federal tax laws and regulations, and decisions applicable thereto, particularly as they relate to foreign tax credits, including issues relating to the creditability of foreign levies, currency translation, the computation of deemed-paid taxes, sourcing, and expense allocation in computing the foreign tax credit limitations, noncompulsory payments, and accounting for foreign tax redeterminations.

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.


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 Tenure Commitment of up to 3 years.
  • 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.