General Attorney (Tax)

Washington, D.C
Feb 02, 2023
Feb 09, 2023
Full Time

As a General Attorney (Tax) you will:
  • Serve as the legal and technical consultant to the Associate Chief Counsel (International) and the Deputies Associate Chief Counsel (International); and provide legal support to the Office of the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, particularly the Large Business & International (LB&I) Division.
  • Provide legal advice, both written and oral, on matters relating to the tax consequences of all transactions and activities that cross the borders of the United States.
  • Provide legal assistance and advice on application of the international provisions of U.S. revenue laws, bilateral and multilateral tax treaties and agreements to which the United States is a party, and foreign revenue laws that pertain to or affect tax matters in the United States.
  • Provide legal assistance and support to Division Counsel pertaining to the defense or settlement of international tax cases pending in the U.S. Tax Court; and in coordination with Division Counsel, review pleadings, motions, pre-trial filings, briefs, settlement documents, notices of appeal, and other materials prepared in connection with the litigation.
  • Provide legal assistance on the substantive review of technical guidance, working closely with those drafting regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, announcements, notices, and news releases.
  • Provide legal assistance to IRS examiners on international tax issues, and coordinate the processing and review of non-docketed cases submitted to Associate Chief Counsel (International) for consideration.
  • Provide legal advice and assistance to the United States Competent Authority on all matters of treaty interpretation and implementation, including both substantive and complex legal issues as well as all procedural issues arising out of treaty-based processes, such as information exchange and cross-border information gathering processes.
This is not an all-inclusive list of duties. If selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform the duties of the position and will receive training to help you grow in the position.


Conditions of Employment

  • Refer to "Additional Information"
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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) you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:

Basic Requirements for General Attorney (Tax):
  • 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-13 Experience Requirements:
  • 1 year of general professional legal experience; plus
  • 1 year(s) of professional legal tax experience

Professional Legal Tax Experience is defined as: Professional legal tax experience in federal tax controversy, federal tax litigation, or federal tax consulting. 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-12).

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 abargaining unit 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.
  • 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.