General Attorney (Tax), Special Counsel

Washington D.C.
Sep 25, 2017
Sep 25, 2017
Full Time

The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, the largest tax law firm in the country, is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team and gain valuable experience in a legal environment. Our mission is to serve America's taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. It's a great place to work with an excellent benefits package and family-friendly atmosphere.

This position is located in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs & Special Entities), Washington, DC. The Special Counsel serves as staff official, and confidential advisor, to the Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs & Special Entities). As such, he/she assists the Associate in the formulation of policies and programs for the operation of the Office, and performs special assignments of a case or project nature. The incumbent represents the Associate in the regulations and revenue ruling and letter ruling review process, and acts as a personal consultant to both the Associate and Deputy Associate Chief Counsel(s) on a variety of legal, technical, and tax litigation matters relating to passthrough entities, the classification of entities, passive activity losses, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, oil and gas and other natural resources, at-risk rules, and tax credits.

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Occasional travel - Limited travel may be required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • Applications will be accepted on-line via Career Connector.
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  • Please apply before the closing date in case of technical difficulties.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • Applicants will be considered based on their overall background as it relates to the position to be filled. All application materials and interviews, if conducted, will be used in the final evaluation and selection process.

    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a “not qualified” determination.

    To qualify for this position at the GS-15 grade level, you must have 1 year of specialized experience, equivalent in scope and effect to the GS-14 level.

    Specialized experience:

    Broad knowledge of Federal tax statutes, regulations, decisions, rulings, and precedents. Substantive knowledge of tax law as it pertains to one or more of the following specializations: passthrough entities, trusts, estate and gift tax issues, natural resources issues, passive activity loss issues, at-risk rules, tax credits, Tax Court practice and procedure and/or refund litigation. Basic knowledge of tax litigation processes. Thorough knowledge and understanding of the Chief Counsel mission and organization, and the interrelationship of its programs/policies with those of the Service, the General Counsel's Office, and Treasury. Ability to research complex legal problems/matters and to analyze and forecast the ramifications of alternate resolutions or courses of action. Ability to prepare/write legal tax documents/issuances ranging from complex tax documents designed for legal practitioners to non-technical/educational materials targeted for more general use. Ability to develop and foster effective and productive communications with others, and to represent the Office in executive and professional meetings.

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
    • The J.D. and/or the LL.M must be from an ABA-accredited law school.
    • Candidates must be admitted to practice law before the highest court of a state or territory of the United States; the District of Columbia; or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
    • Part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
    • The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.
    • 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.

    Applicants must possess a J.D. and have 1 year of general legal experience plus 3 years of professional legal tax experience. An LL.M. degree in the field of the position (tax) or (advocacy/litigation) may be substituted for one year of general legal experience listed above.

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a non-bargaining unit Excepted Service position.
    • We offer opportunities for telework.
    • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
    • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
    • 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.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    If you meet the eligibility requirements, the Executive Resources Branch will assess your overall specialized knowledge and experience as it relates to the position to be filled, compare it to the other applicants' knowledge and experience and determine the applicant best qualified for the position. The board may or may not conduct interviews. You will be notified of the outcome.
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