General Attorney, Senior Technician Reviewer, (STR)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jul 28, 2021
Closes
Aug 05, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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 and family-friendly atmosphere.

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Responsibilities

This position is located in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate). The Senior Technician Reviewer (STR), serves as a technical expert with respect to the subject areas and functions of the assigned Branch. Subject areas for which the Branch is responsible involve one of more of the specialty areas of tax law as it pertains to corporate reorganization and corporation-shareholder issues including redemptions, liquidations, spin-offs, transfers to controlled corporations, general reorganizations, corporate bankruptcies, and consolidated returns.

The Senior Technician Reviewer (STR), is responsible for some of the most complicated, difficult, and unusual assignments and projects in the Branch. In consultation with the Branch Chief, the incumbent is responsible for the assignment of selected cases and projects to the attorneys within the Branch and for review of the work products. The primary work of the Branch involves the development and drafting of Internal Revenue regulations and considering recommendations for enactment of legislation and the promulgation of regulations, preparation of private letter rulings, revenue rulings, technical advice memoranda, General Counsel memoranda, and other advice memoranda addressing tax problems submitted by taxpayers and their representatives, state and federal agencies, and other Chief Counsel and IRS offices. In addition, the Branch provides legal assistance and advice to trial attorneys in the field in connection with actions on decisions, preparation of briefs, handling of unusual technical problems, preparation for the trial of cases involving complicated technical issues, and problems related to appeal recommendations in Tax Court and refund cases. Many of the issues presented for decision are submitted after extensive consideration in the field and elsewhere. Problems presented cover a broad range involving numerous questions requiring interpretation of the Internal Revenue Code, tax regulations, published rulings, court cases and other technical materials.

As an attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel, Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate), you will:
  • Acts as a legal and technical consultant to the Branch Chief, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Associate Chief Counsel, and, as assigned, to other officials in the Office of Chief Counsel on some of the most difficult, important, and complex professional legal and policy matters concerned with the work of the Branch, or which may affect the work of other Branches of the office, or other components of the Chief Counsel's Office. Matters involve detailed and extensive research on complicated legal problems and the development of recommendations as to the positions to be taken by the Branch and the Office. Considers questions that have broad legal ramifications and renders appropriate decisions. As necessary, participates in the resolution of some of the most complex technical problems presented by taxpayers or their representatives and performs other professional legal activities.
  • Acts as a reviewer, and in some cases as the initiating attorney, for highly complicated, difficult, and unusual assignments and projects involving the development and drafting of Internal Revenue regulations, considering recommendations for enactment of legislation and the promulgation of regulations, private letter rulings, revenue rulings, technical advice memoranda, General Counsel memoranda, and other advice memoranda dealing with tax problems submitted by taxpayers and their representatives, state and federal agencies, and other Chief Counsel and IRS offices.
  • Acts as principal attorney in charge of recommending the policies and developing the procedures and regulations implementing new or amended legislation for specific areas of tax law and is responsible for insuring that these policies, procedures, and regulations are consistent with the intent of the law and are administratively sound, efficient, and economical in operation.
  • Performs activities in the Branch including legal assistance, document review, appellate recommendations, and litigation support. Many of the issues presented for decision are submitted after extensive consideration in the field and elsewhere. Problems presented cover a broad range of tax law issues involving numerous questions requiring interpretation of the Internal Revenue Code, tax regulations, published rulings, court cases and other technical materials.
  • Makes recommendations on the need for initiating, consolidating, or eliminating programs and projects. Acts as project manager, assigns (in consultation with the Branch Chief) work to the attorneys within the Branch, advises them on approach to take, reviews work product, provides guidance in researching and analyzing novel and uncertain points of law, and provides Branch Chief with performance feedback of work performed.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 5% or greater

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Must submit an annual OGE 450E Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.
  • A Public Trust Background Investigation required.


Qualifications

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

GS-15:

Possess a J.D. and minimum of 4 years of professional legal experience after receiving a J.D.; of which 3 years is in legal tax experience. One year must be comparable to the GS-14 level. OR possess a LL.M with 3 years of legal tax experience. One year must be comparable to the GS-14 level.

In addition, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience: Thorough and comprehensive knowledge of Internal Revenue and Federal tax laws and regulations, and decisions applicable thereto, particularly as they relate to business and corporate reorganization and corporation-shareholder issues, redemptions, liquidations, spin-offs, transfers to controlled corporations, corporate bankruptcies, and consolidated returns.
  • 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.
  • You must have been at the GS-14 grade level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirements).

The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or Volunteer Service . 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.

Education

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

Specialized experience may have been gained while employed in a professional legal position in the Federal, state, or local government, the private sector including law firms, or nongovernmental organizations.

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume and 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. A cover letter or memorandum of interest is recommended.

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.

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 candidate best qualified for the position. The board may or may not conduct interviews. You will be notified of the outcome.

Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the experience described in your application.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

All applicants must submit the following documents: 1) Memorandum of Interest summarizing your interest in the position. 2) Resume detailing your relevant qualifications and specialized knowledge and experience. 3) A copy of your most recent official performance appraisal, or a progress review. 4) A Supervisory Report (ERB Form 1-88 Revised 07/2020) regarding your suitability for the position as completed by your current or most recent supervisor. You are responsible for notifying your supervisor that this report must be received no later than five workdays after the closing date of this announcement.

A complete application includes (1) a resume, (2) vacancy question responses, and (3) submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .

Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment

- Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" or "2" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)

- Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held. If this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

- Submit a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If the performance appraisal is not dated within the last 12 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

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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