Arlington, Virginia
Feb 09, 2018
Apr 13, 2018
Full Time
Job Title: LEGAL COUNSEL/DEPUTY COMISSIONER Salary: $84,198.40 - $128,648.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 200, Arlington, Virginia, Virginia       The Commissioner of Revenue for Arlington County, Virginia, is seeking an experienced attorney to serve as Legal Counsel/Deputy Commissioner of Revenue. This position will be responsible for providing legal guidance and interpretations of law to the Commissioner of Revenue, her deputies, and other office personnel.

The Commissioner of Revenue is an independent elected official and is the tax assessing officer for the County for all property (with the exception of real estate) such as business property, personal property and vehicles. In addition, the Commissioner's office is responsible for administering the County's business taxes, including the business license (BPOL) tax and various custodial taxes (e.g. the county meals tax, short-term rental tax and transient occupancy tax.) The Commissioner is responsible for assuring that all taxes are assessed according to law in a fair and equitable manner.

Specific duties of the Legal Counsel include:
  • Analyzing tax assessment issues and suggesting resolutions;
  • Suggesting and reviewing proposed changes to state laws and county ordinances;
  • Interpreting statutes and court decisions:
  • Drafting final determinations of administrative tax appeals and responding to subsequent appeals of such determinations to the Virginia Tax Commissioner; and
  • Representing the Commissioner in Court as required.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
  • Confidence, patience and excellent communication skills to interact with citizens, taxpayers, attorneys, accountants and public officials; and
  • The ability to represent the Commissioner and the office in professional organizational meetings (both of attorneys and other tax assessing offices), public presentations and in interactions with stakeholders.

 Selection Criteria: Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited law school and admission to the Virginia State Bar; PLUS, three years experience as a practicing attorney handling government complex legal matters, preferably including at least one year experience in taxation.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in the following areas:
a) Local government law;
b) Providing advice to elected officials, councils or boards; and/or
c) Course work and /or experience in taxation, finance, accounting.
 Additional Information: Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter by mail or email to:

Ms. Anne M. Biedscheid
Chief Deputy Commissioner of Revenue
2100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 200 Arlington, VA 22201

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