Washington, D.C
Jul 30, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Audit and Tax
Full Time


WHAT IS THE LARGE BUSINESS & INTERNATIONAL DIVISION?The Large Business and International (LB&I) business unit provides service and enforcement activities to support tax compliance of businesses and related entities with assets of $10 million or more, as well as small U.S. businesses engaged in international, U.S. citizens abroad, and foreign persons and businesses with a U.S. tax requirement.

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WHAT DOES A TAX LAW SPECIALIST DO? IRS employs Tax Law Specialists (TLS) in many areas throughout the Service. Incumbent serves as an expert in interpretation and application with respect to United States tax treaties.

As a Tax Law Specialist you will:
  • Act as legal advisor to officials within the Internal Revenue Service and other US government agencies, in the analysis and interpretation of US tax law in the areas of international information reporting and withholding, and related Internal Revenue legislation, regulations, agreements, and procedures.
  • Prepare studies, memoranda, and reports which involve legal research into, and evaluation and presentation of, the substance of documents related to international information reporting and withholding, in particular, withholding agreements for qualified intermediaries (QIs, including qualified derivatives dealers (QDDs)), withholding foreign partnerships (WPs), withholding foreign trusts (WTs), and foreign financial institutions (FFIs), as well as for FATCA intergovernmental agreements (IGAs).
  • Participate in the development and implementation of administrative programs to implement QI, WP, WT, and/or FFI agreements and to effectuate voluntary compliance with, and effective enforcement of, US tax laws; perform legal tasks in the drafting of documents relating to international information reporting and withholding compliance and Internal Revenue legislation, regulations, and procedures.
  • Develop and present complete plans for activities assigned, and coordinate projects, program segments, and procedures relating to assigned activities.
  • Prepare background packages and/or position papers for use by others in matters involving the administration of international information reporting and withholding and other international agreements.
  • Keeps abreast of developments which impact QIs, QDDs, WPs, WTs, FFIs, and/or international taxation, and advises field personnel, National Office programs coordinators, and others, of procedures and guidelines relating to the implementation of provisions of international information reporting and withholding requirements, particularly the QI, WP, WT, and/or FFI agreements, and other international agreements, including IGAs.
  • Reviews proposed legislation, income tax regulations, Internal Revenue Manual revisions, tax forms and publications, and other proposed documents or public issuances bearing upon the administration of international information reporting and withholding and other international agreements, and proposes changes or revisions thereto ensuring technical accuracy, integrity, and feasibility.
  • Attends meetings or conferences with other Internal Revenue Service personnel, personnel from other US government agencies, foreign officials, and/or members of the public and furnishes technical advice and assistance in compliance area matters involving the appreciation of international information reporting and withholding requirements or other international agreements.
  • Maintains a continuing appraisal of the operations of the QI, WP, WT, and/or FFI agreements, related forms and instructions, and other international agreements of the United States for the purpose of identifying areas for amendment.

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Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1TO 5 NIGHTS PER MONTH

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments


Removed ADCI Duties. Added Tax Law Specialist Duties.

Added Practice Area: WEIIC, DFO FPP/AEOI, FPP Program Office, Team 1190


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

GS-14 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: Legal, tax accounting, or other experience that required knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other areas related to the position to be filled. Preparing, reviewing, or applying rulings, advisory letters, memoranda, etc. related to Federal taxation; Analyzing and adjudicating tax claims, appeals, settlement offers, or similar work related to Federal tax operations; Work as an attorney that required legal research, analysis, and preparation of briefs or similar documents interpreting laws and regulations; Work as an accountant, auditor, or investigator that required application of Federal tax accounting principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and related laws

In addition you must have experience in all of the following: experience that demonstrates accomplishment of legal, and/or other project assignments requiring a wide range of experience with Federal tax laws (including international tax treaties), regulations, precedent case law decisions, treatises and other written authorities related to the position. Experience with formulating positions and proposing and supporting recommendations to management on matters relating to the theories, concepts, principles, and applications of Federal tax laws (including international tax treaties); Experience with analysis of legal issues, legal precedents, and legislative and regulatory processes impacting Federal tax laws (including international tax treaties); and Experience with procedures used by multilateral organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) necessary to develop, implement, and monitor changes to tax laws and tax administration practices in multiple countries.

- 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-timework 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.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

You must have been at the GS-13 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).


Additional information

One (1) Position is located in Large Business & International, WEIIC, DFO FPP/AEOI, FPP Program Office, Team 1190. To be filled in any of the following locations: 300 E. 8th St., Austin, TX. (TX0227); 3651 S IH-35, Austin, TX. (TX2038); 12309 N Mopac Expressway, Austin, TX (TX2835); 201 Varick Street, New York, NY (NY0128); 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY (NY0282); 290 BWY-Foley Square, New York, NY (NY0350); 77 K Street NE Washington, DC (DC0198); 111 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC (DC0022); 999 N Capitol St NE, Washington, DC (DC0221).

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      • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
      • This is a bargaining unit position.
      • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
      • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements
      • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      • Travel may be required
      • Obtain and use Government issued charge card for business related travel.

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, 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 may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated on the CJEs of the position to be filled per the National Agreement Article 13. Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at
Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or 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 (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) , you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

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 will 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. ( Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. 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

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION
If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)
You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.

IRS employees:
if a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

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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