General Attorney (Tax)

Washington D.C.
May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional travel for training may be required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

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  • Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, legal writing sample 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 may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

    Specialized Experience: At least 52 weeks of the legal tax experience which included assignments involving complex and difficult legal questions requiring extensive research, analysis, and evaluation.  Experience in procedural or administrative issues is referred but not required.

    In addition, any of the following experience is preferred, but not required:

    • Experience in tax administrative provisions (Internal Revenue Code sections 6000 and up);
    • Experience in working with low income taxpayers;
    • Experience advocating for taxpayer rights; or
    • Knowledge of the different offices within the IRS and the Office of Chief Counsel, and the roles and responsibilities of those offices.

    For GS-13: Possess a J.D. plus 2 years of professional tax legal experience (one year must have been comparable to the GS-12 level) or an LL.M. in taxation, plus 1 year of professional tax legal experience comparable to the GS-12 level.

    For GS-14: Possess a J.D. plus 3 years of professional tax legal experience (one year must have been comparable to the GS-13 level) or an LL.M. in taxation, plus 2 years of professional tax legal experience (one year must have been comparable to the GS-13 level).

    •  The J.D. and, if applicable, 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.
    • One year of professional legal experience refers to full-time work after admittance to the bar.  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.

    You must have graduated with a J.D. and/or the LL.M from an ABA-accredited law school.


    • A one-year trial period is required.
    • 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.
    • 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 two years of returns.
    • If selected, you will be required to submit proof of bar membership, official transcripts and sign a commitment letter.

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

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated using the experience/education defined under the requirement section.

    Referral: Professional Order will be used to refer and select eligible candidates. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of the certificate in alphabetical order and considered before non-preference-eligibles. All other candidates will be listed in alphabetical order and be listed below those with preference. If you are among the top qualified candidates, you may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.
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