Supervisory General Attorney (Tax) - Deputy Area Counsel

Washington, D.C
Jan 19, 2022
Jan 24, 2022
Full Time

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 a family-friendly atmosphere.

The incumbent of this position serves as the Deputy Area Counsel to one of the five Area Counsels in the Office of Division Counsel, Large Business and International (LB&I). He/she serves as the principal advisor to the Area Counsel on all management and legal matters within the applicable Area other than on Strategic Litigation (SL). The Deputy provides program oversight authority for all LB&I non-SL litigation and non-docketed cases to ensure nationwide consistency, as assigned by the Area Counsel. He/she assists in the supervision of the Associate Area Counsel within the Area. The incumbent is also responsible for assisting in the development and evaluation of legal advice and strategies for cases within the Area.

As a Supervisory General Attorney (Tax) - Deputy Area Counsel, you will:
  • Serves as the principal advisor to the Area Counsel on all management and legal matters within the applicable Area (other than those matters covered by Strategic Litigation). Serves as a key liaison for the applicable Area Counsel to the LB&I Division Counsel and other IRS and Chief Counsel offices on all complex legal matters pertaining to the applicable Area Counsel. Makes recommendations to resolve outstanding issues, advising the Area Counsel of potential ramifications of alternative actions.
  • Assists the Area Counsel in the supervision of the Area's Associate Area Counsels (AACs). Provides guidance to the AACs on case related, administrative and personnel. Updates AACs on Area and Division policies, protocols and objectives.
  • Provides technical legal guidance and oversight on all legal advisory activities within the Area. Assists the Area Counsel in managing training and developing AACs and Area attorneys (other than Special Trial Attorneys (STAs)). Assists LB&I Division Counsel and LB&I personnel in early issue identification, development and resolution. Provides oversight of all written legal advice issued by the Area (other than by STAs), including Field Advice, Reviewed Field Advice (Non-docketed Significant Advisory Review (NSAR)) and requests for Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) and Technical Advice Memorandum (TAM). Provides CCA and TAM oversight nationwide on sub-industry issues.
  • Assists the Area Counsel in performing a full range of technical and administrative supervisory duties to include such responsibilities as reviewing and coordinating work assignments and priorities to ensure that they are aligned with LB&I Area and/or Division Counsel objectives/ directives; evaluating employee performance; identifying developmental and training needs of staff; maintaining and supporting all aspects of a diverse workforce that demonstrates EEO principles; and proposing and effecting disciplinary and other personnel-related actions and other matters as assigned.
  • Supports the LB&I client in its key priority programs, including planning strategies for resolving complex issues (e.g., industry issue resolution, issue practice groups, international practice networks, pre-filing programs, designations for litigation, global settlements, and published guidance).
  • Participates with the Area Counsel and other LB&I Division Counsel managers, as appropriate, in the development and implementation of short- and long-range strategic plans and goals for matters under the Area Counsel's jurisdiction. Assists the Area Counsel in meeting the Division's goals.


Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.

To qualify for this position of Supervisory General Attorney (Tax) - Deputy Area Counsel you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:

Basic Requirements for Supervisory General Attorney (Tax) - Deputy Area Counsel:
  • Possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND
  • Applicants must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;

GS-15 Experience Requirements:
  • 1 year of general legal experience; plus
  • 3 year(s) of legal tax experience

Legal Tax Experience is defined as: (1) Thorough and comprehensive professional knowledge and understanding of Federal tax statutes and regulations pertaining to Subchapter C corporations, and subchapter S corporations and partnerships with assets greater than $10 million; and (2) Thorough and comprehensive knowledge of litigation strategies and procedures used in LB&I case work, including the ability to apply sound judgment in developing and assessing settlement options/interests.

At least one year of this experience must be equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service GS-14.

Education Substitution: An LL.M. degree in the field of the position (tax, GLS-related, or P&A- FOIA/Disclosure related field) may be substituted for the one year of the general legal experience listed above.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 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.

Time in Grade Requirement for GS-15: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent GS-14.


For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. 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 .

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • This is anon-bargaining unit position.
  • We offer opportunities for telework.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
  • The salary range indicated in this announcement covers multiple locality areas. Your salary will be adjusted based on the post of duty for which you are selected.
Conditions of Employment Continued:
  • Subject to a 1-year trial period (unless already completed).
  • Subject to a 1-year supervisory or managerial probationary period (unless already completed).
  • 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.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • Undergo an income tax verification.
  • 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 2 years of returns.