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    Summary

    WHAT IS THE WAVE AND INVESTMENT DIVISION?  The Wage & Investment Division (W&I) serves about 122 million taxpayers who file upwards of 94 million returns each year. W&I provides high-quality taxpayer assistance, and enable taxpayers to transact and communicate electronically to file their returns and make payments.

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    Responsibilities

    WHAT DOES A TAX LAW SPECIALIST DO? As a Tax Law Specialist you will be responsible for exercising independent judgment, and perform technical work of exceptional difficulty and responsibility. You will serve as reviewer, coordinator, consultant, and advisor regarding matters of technical content involved in the initiation, development, and revision of tax return forms, instructions, schedules, taxpayer information publications, tax law training materials, and other technical tax law material. The reviewer is instrumental in the development of timely, well-written materials for use by the public to increase their understanding of tax responsibility; and by the IRS in administering the tax laws, achieving voluntary compliance, and collecting revenue.

    As a Tax Law Specialist you will:

    • Review proposed and final drafts of technical tax material to insure technical accuracy, reliability, and consistency.
    • Provide expert technical advice and prepare background information documents relating to the cause of problems.
    • Research and analyze proposed and current legislation for technical content, feasibility of incorporation into taxpayer information publications, and administratability of conversion into forms and instructions.
    • Research material, including tax treaties, judicial and administrative decisions, revenue rulings and revenue procedures, and requests, develop implementation plans and complexity analyses.
    • Coordinate to ensure technical content is accurate, reflects current tax law and ensure that products are logically arranged and written in clear, easy to understand language.
    • Maintain current awareness of changes in the tax law, regulations, rulings, administrative decisions, and determine the effect on tax products.
    • Prepare announcements and news releases with respect to tax forms, instructions, publications, and related technical materials.

    If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 1 to 5 Nights a Month

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

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    0987 Tax Law Specialist

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

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

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    Qualifications

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

    GS-11 LEVEL:
    You must have 1 year of  specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-9  grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience  for this position includes:  demonstrated 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. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: 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.  OR
    You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:  LL.M. degree with specialization in taxation.  

    GS-12 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of  specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11  grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience  for this position includes:  demonstrated 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. Examples of qualifying experience include: 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, your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the following: Thorough knowledge of federal tax laws, regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures and other technical related matters to address taxpayers needs; Knowledge of tax laws to convert these and other technical matters into clear concise, logical and easy to understand explanatory material; Knowledge of accounting methods to interpret new tax laws and assist in addressing customers needs; Ability to research using on-line and paper methods to analyze tax issues; Knowledge and skill of the latest advances in learning theory and cognitive thinking, as they apply to the writing, design; Knowledge of printing and design requirements and techniques, computer specifications and programming requirements, and of Standard Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML) or other designated electronic composition and publishing system to compose documents and other materials.

    GS-13 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of  specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12  grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience  for this position includes:  demonstrated 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.  Examples of qualifying experience include: 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, your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the following: Comprehensive knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures and other pertinent technical matters to address taxpayers needs; convert complex tax laws and other technical matters into clear concise, logically arranged, well written and easy to understand explanatory material; knowledge of accounting methods, principles, techniques and practices; Thorough knowledge of technical tax law, research techniques that include using on-line and paper methods to research and analyze tax issues; Knowledge of the latest advances in learning theory and cognitive thinking, as they apply to the writing, design, and presentation of materials; Knowledge and skill in printing and design techniques, computer specifications and programming requirements, and Standard Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML) or other designated electronic composition and publishing system to design and produce materials and documents.

    You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    -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.

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

    You must have been at the next lower grade level of the grade you are applying to for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

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    Additional information

    This one (1) position will be located in: Wage & Investment Cust Ast-Relatnshp & Ed(Care) Media & Publications Tax Forms & Publications at 1111 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC or 5000 Ellin Rd. Lanham-Seabrook, MD or 200 West Fourth Street Covington, KY or 3651 IH-35 Austin, TX or 5045 E. Butler Fresno, CA.

    POSITION DESCRIPTIONS: GS 11 - 93702; GS 12 - 93703; GS 13 - 93704.
    A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at : https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    • 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.
    • 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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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 https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/

    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 If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), 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

    No

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    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.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS 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.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION 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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    As a current employee, you know the great benefits we offer. Should you have any questions about benefits, please contact the Employee Resource Center (ERC) at 1-866-743-5748 option #1 for ERC.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

    Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation polices and procedures at https://jobs.irs.gov/seasonal/reasonable-accommodation.html. We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Kandice Boykin at 816-499-4400 if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    • To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
    • You will be re-directed to Treasury’s CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.
    • To complete, you must click the “Finish” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

    If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.

    Agency contact information

    IRS Online Help Desk

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    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    333 W Pershing Rd
    Kansas City, Missouri 64108
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    WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK?  As an IRS employee, you will feel proud knowing you helped make America stronger while working at one of the world’s biggest financial institutions. You will be part of an organization that collects over $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns annually. We are proud of how we apply the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.
    IRS hires talented and dedicated individuals from many backgrounds, including accounting, business, finance, law enforcement and information technology. You will be challenged and supported on a daily basis. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new opportunity, consider an IRS career.

    Next steps

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on “more information.”

    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/536433000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.