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    Summary

    The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS.  The TAS mission is to assist taxpayers in resolving their problems with the IRS (Case Advocacy), and to identify and propose administrative and legislative solutions to mitigate those problems (Systemic Advocacy).

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    Responsibilities

    WHAT DOES A LEAD CASE ADVOCATE DO? The Case Advocate serves as an advocate for taxpayers who have experienced a delay beyond normal processing time, where systemic issues have been identified and actions taken, or who have suffered or are about to suffer a tax hardship that the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) attempts to relieve. In this role, you will resolve taxpayer problems that have not been resolved through normal IRS channels and are generally expected to handle some of the most problematic cases independently. You may be assigned cases that are anticipated to be among the most difficult to resolve due to complicating factors, or that relate to a specialty in which you have expertise.

    As a Lead Case Advocate you will: 

    • Serve as a team leader and provide leadership to a team of GS-501 Case Advocates. Lead the team in identifying, distributing, and balancing workload among employees in accordance with skill level in coordination with the manager and suggesting adjustments in the workload to ensure timely completion of the casework.
    • Provide assistance to the taxpayer in the most complex technical and procedural tax cases covering the full range of issues encountered in the TAS office. The Lead Case Advocate represents the office in advocating these cases involving complications and specialized issues for the taxpayer with the IRS’ operating divisions/functions.
    • Communicate TAS mission, vision, strategic plan, and values to team members and ensures the integration of all the team’s goals, objectives, strategies, work plans, and work products and services.
    • Elevate procedural/policy issues and provide technical recommendations through TAS Systemic Advocacy leadership channels to identify taxpayer issue trends and improve case processing methods.
    • Serve as a classroom instructor, On-The-Job Instructor and coach as well as Subject Matter Expert as needed in development of training material and training classes.
    • Provide guidance to the team in the selection and application of appropriate problem-solving methods, and techniques. Advice includes work methods, practices and procedures as well as assistance in identifying parameters to viable solutions.
    • Represent and communicate team consensus and convey team’s findings and recommendations in meetings and dealings with the manager, other team leaders, program officials, and other customers on issues related to or that have an impact on the team’s objectives, work products, and/or tasks and on actions affecting the team and individual awards, rewards, or recognition.
    • Analyze trend reports, identify improvement opportunities for team effectiveness, efficiency, and work products, and develop and implement improvements, including those addressing training needs.
    • Identify any technical deficiencies, create necessary technical and/or procedural job aids and communicate training needs of team members to the manager.
    • Provide guidance to targeted audiences in seminars, speeches and workshops. Provide training and assistance to lower-level employees as necessary.

    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 - Travel may be required for training.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

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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-12 LEVEL: You must have one 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 is experience that is typically in or related to the work of this position and provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Specialized experience for this position includes experience advising and assisting taxpayers or their representatives in meeting the taxpayer's Federal tax obligations and to interpret the contents and effects of various legal instruments such as leases, wills, assignments, deeds, trusts, etc., which might affect property, property rights, and income of customer cases in order to obtain information pertinent to resolution of tax issues. Experience in accounting, examination, return processing, collection and/or Taxpayer Advocate Service techniques; and of general and geographic business practices sufficient to independently process the complete range of cases. Advocating for taxpayers with significant hardship as defined in IRC 7811. Resolving case issues, and negotiating with, influencing, or persuading other IRS Operating Divisions (ODs), e.g., through the issuance of an Operational Assistance Order (OAR), on a full range of individual and business tax returns. Experience with tax administration problems potentially having a negative impact on a significant number of taxpayers, including identifying potential systemic issues and taking appropriate action. Experience composing written communications throughout the process of resolving cases, e.g. initiating OARs and letters to taxpayers and their representatives for the purpose of resolving tax account issues and/or providing education regarding tax obligations, responsibilities, rights and options, including possible adverse consequences of decisions. Applying technical tax law based on the Internal Revenue Code and Regulations, making hardship determinations, conferring with subject matter experts or Counsel in developing a strategy for advocating and resolving a taxpayer’s issue. Preparing and executing case action plans to advocate for case resolution for taxpayers, representatives or Congressional offices.

    -The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. 1 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 GS-11 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).

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    Additional information

    1 Position is located in Taxpayer Advocate Service, DEDCA Area 7 at 10 W 15th St, Helena, MT 59626 (MT5513)

    POSITION DESCRIPTION: 96630
    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.
    • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements.

    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 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.) Please view Cover Letters Tips. 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 policies 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 TAS.Hiring@irs.gov 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 “Submit Application” 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 Jobs Online Help Desk

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    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    5333 Getwell Rd
    Memphis, Tennessee 38118
    United States
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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. The IRS hires talented and dedicated individuals from many backgrounds, including accounting, business, finance, law enforcement and information technology. You will be challenged & 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/551346200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.