Special Trial Judge

Washington, D.C
May 03, 2021
May 06, 2021
Full Time


The United States Tax Court is accepting applications for the position of Special Trial Judge.
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The mission of the United States Tax Court is to provide a national forum for the expeditious resolution of disputes between taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service; for careful consideration of the merits of each case; and to ensure a uniform interpretation of the Internal Revenue Code. The Court is committed to providing taxpayers, most of whom are self-represented, with a reasonable opportunity to appear before the Court, with as little inconvenience and expense as is practicable. The Court is also committed to providing an accessible judicial forum with simplified procedures for resolving disputes.

Major Duties

In accordance with I.R.C. section 7443A, Special Trial Judges may be assigned (a) cases involving tax deficiencies of $50,000 or less, (b) collection due process, declaratory judgment, employment classification, and whistleblower award cases, and (c) other cases designated by the Chief Judge. The duties of a Special Trial Judge are wide-ranging, demanding and include:
  • Conducting remote or in-person proceedings involving taxpayers throughout the United States;
  • Concluding actions through written opinion, order, settlement, or other disposition;
  • Overseeing the handling of motions in the general docket and preparing orders and opinions disposing of those motions;
  • Assisting Presidentially-appointed Judges in the disposition of procedural matters;
  • Independently managing caseloads and chambers effectively with the assistance of chambers staff;
  • Serving as a mediator in matters pending before the Court;
  • Participating in standing or ad hoc committees as assigned by the Chief Judge;
  • Performing duties as assigned by the Chief Judge; and
  • Representing the Court at a variety of speaking engagements.

Travel Required

76% or greater - You will be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be United States Citizens or Nationals.
  • The appointment of any United States Tax Court employee is subject to an FBI fingerprint check and background investigation, including income and credit checks (employment will be contingent upon the satisfactory completion of these requirements).
  • All Court employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for US Tax Court Employees . Employees of the United States Tax Court are considered "at-will" employees, and, as such, may be terminated with or without cause.
  • All applicant information is subject to verification.
  • The Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages for Court employees.


To be qualified for appointment, an applicant must:
  • Be admitted to practice before and be a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of any State, the District of Columbia, or any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States;
  • Have a minimum of five years' Federal tax experience in the private sector, public sector, or academia (including preferably tax experience before the Tax Court or other Federal courts);
  • Be competent to perform all duties of the office; be of good moral character; be patient and courteous; be committed to equal justice under the law; and
  • Not be related to a Judge of the Tax Court (see 28 U.S.C. section 458).


A law degree with an emphasis in tax law from an accredited college or university.

Additional information


Salary is only part of the total compensation package offered. The Tax Court offers employees a diverse group of benefit programs and family-friendly flexibilities. These include:
  • Insurance - Health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care.
  • Flexible spending, health care reimbursement, and dependent care reimbursement accounts.
  • Participation in a qualifying retirement system and the Thrift Savings Plan.
  • Moving expenses (subject to limitations).
Other Information

A selection panel shall review applications, conduct interviews, and recommend the best-qualified candidates to the Chief Judge. The Tax Court will make the appointment following an appropriate suitability determination including background, credit, Federal income tax, and criminal checks. A background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may also be required. All applications and the panel deliberations shall remain confidential.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The United States Tax Court is an equal opportunity employer.

How You Will Be Evaluated: Ratings will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's experience as related to the duties of this position listed herein. The resume/application package must provide detailed information outlining relevant work experience.

If you fail to provide the information required, your application will not be evaluated beyond the basic screening process.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the Court will then evaluate your application package to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Documents must be in PDF format and attached to your email.
  • A cover letter describing both personal and professional attributes that exemplify superior qualifications for this position; and
  • A resume highlighting relevant knowledge and experience.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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