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    Summary

    The Office of Chief Counsel, the largest tax law firm in the country, is a great place to work with an excellent benefits package and family-friendly atmosphere. 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.

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent of this position serves as an Attorney assigned to a Field Office within the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division Counsel (TEGEDC) office. Attorneys are responsible for performing detailed complex legal research to analyze law and facts involved in a case; drafting defense letters to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and serves as the primary Chief Counsel contact and advisor for the DOJ Attorney litigating these suits; litigates alone or with assistance, complex TEGEDC cases before the United States Tax Court and cross-divisional cases when assigned; establishes trial positions and evaluates hazards of litigation based upon all facts and applicable law; provides complex technical legal advice in the areas of Employee Plans, Exempt Organizations, Employment Tax, Executive Compensation, Health and Welfare Benefits, Federal, State and Local Governments, Indian and Tribal Governments, and Tax Exempt Bonds; and effectively advises internal revenue agents regarding technical requirements.

    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14  These are not all inclusive:

    • Incumbent receives assignments of the most difficult and complex types of work in one or more of the following functions within the office depending up on the specialty area of tax to which assigned – Tax Litigation, General Litigation, and/or Tax Exempt/Government Entities. 
    • For Tax Litigation the incumbent may be assigned cases docketed in the United States Tax Court.  Duties may include preparation of answers to petitions, replies, motions and any other documents germane to proper handling of the case.  Assignment of a case pending in the Tax Court also includes responsibility for ascertaining the legal correctness of the position(s) determined in the statutory notice of deficiency as well as preparation for the case for trial and settlement.
    • Provides legal advice and assistance to the IRS, Appeals offices, Service Centers and other Division Counsel concerning issues within his/her area of topical jurisdiction.  Researches, analyzes facts and writes legal opinions in response to questions. 
    • For District Court and Claims Court:  Reviews pleadings and files and prepares defense letter to the Department of Justice, Tax Division, Setting out the Commissioner’s position on defense of a suit involving merits of the tax, etc., including in appropriate cases, discussing the propriety of jurisdiction, any suggested motions that may be appropriate, the particular defense that is recommended and whether or not the case is one that the Department of Justice may settle without further coordination.
    • For General Litigation work the incumbent:  Furnishes advice and opinions to the IRS, the Department of Justice, etc., in any matter (court and non-court) incident to the assessment and collection of taxes.  Advises field administrative officers, handles the legal work, and assists the Department of Justice and United States Attorneys in cases involving tax matters.  Recommends what suits should be brought or interventions or counterclaims filed by the Government in connection with the collection of internal revenue taxes or the recovery of erroneous refunds thereof and the basis for defense of tax litigation suits against the United States.

    NOTE: This is an open-continuous announcement. Applicants will be referred to the selecting officials and referral lists issued as vacancies occur.

    Referral Lists: Cutoff for receipt of applications will be midnight EST on the date a vacancy has been determined. Applications received after that date, may be considered on future referral lists. Notifications will be sent to applicants when application has been referred or not. The announcement may close prior to the closing date, if management has succeeded in filling all vacancies and has no further use for a standing register. Applications may be updated and/or resubmitted to continue receiving consideration till the closing date of this announcement.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Periodic travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

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    0905 Attorney

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment".
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    • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

    • A one-year trial period is required.
    • 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, please 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.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
    • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
    • Sign a 3 year Tenure Commitment Letter
    • 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 two years of returns.
    • Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and a background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.

    Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements by cutoff dates or closing date of this announcement, whichever comes first:

    For GS-14: Possess a J.D. and 1 year of general legal experience, plus 2 years of legal tax experience (1 year of legal tax experience must have been comparable to the GS-13 level) Or an LL.M. plus 2 years of legal tax experience (1 year of legal tax experience must have been comparable to the GS-13 level).

    Specialized experience:  In addition, at least 52 weeks of the legal tax experience must have involved expertise in the complete range of concepts, principles and practices in the area of tax law both substantive and procedural, including a full knowledge and understanding of the Internal Revenue Code and related rules and regulations and expertise in Tax Court practice and procedure and/or refund litigation. Expertise also includes Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Civil Rules of Procedure, and the rules governing ethics for attorneys. General knowledge of other areas of the law and legal concepts particularly as they impact the tax laws with an expertise in one or more of the following: employee pension, welfare benefits, executive compensation, fringe benefits, exempt organizations, employment tax, tax exempt bonds, Indian Tribal Government issues, and federal, state, and local government issues. 

    • 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.
    • One year of professional legal experience refers to full-time work after admittance to the bar.  Part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. 
    • The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector.
    • 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

    You must have graduated with a J.D. and/or LL.M. from an ABA-accredited law school.

    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.

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

    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 a bargaining unit position.
    • We offer opportunities for telework and flexible work schedules.
    • Due to the ongoing pandemic, selectee may be permitted to telework from an alternate location, at management’s discretion, until normal business operations resume.
    • The salary range indicated in this announcement is base salary without locality pay. Your salary will be adjusted based on the post of duty for which you are selected.
    • Final location determination is at management's discretion

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Applicants will be considered based on their overall background as it relates to the position to be filled. Interviews may be held at the option of the office. All application materials and interviews, if conducted, will be used in the final evaluation and selection process.

    Referral: Professional Order will be used to refer and select eligible candidates. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of the certificate in alphabetical order and considered before non-preference-eligibles. All other candidates will be listed in alphabetical order.

    If you are among the top qualified candidates, you may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview, such as travel to and from the interview site.

    Bargaining Unit Chief Counsel employees will be given first consideration. To receive first consideration, Bargaining Unit Chief Counsel employees seeking reassignment must be on the Master First Consideration List (MFCL). In regard to this announcement, the MFCL is only for reassignments of employees currently occupying Bargaining Unit positions. If you are applying for a promotion, please apply to the announcement.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    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 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. (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

    In addition, applicants are required to submit: 1) An unofficial or official transcript(s), and  2) An 8-10 page legal writing sample.

    If selected, you will be required to submit proof of bar membership.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION 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.

    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.
     
    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION:   There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of Chief Counsel considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge.  Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.  For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.

    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.

    Benefits Description:

    Our comprehensive benefits are very generous.  Our benefits package includes:  

    • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
    • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
    • Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
    • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
    • A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.
    • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

    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 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

    Treasury provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us 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 and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.
    • 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@do.treasury.gov and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.

    Agency contact information

    HR Specialist

    Phone

    469-801-1740

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    Erica.A.Delgado@IRSCOUNSEL.TREAS.GOV

    Address

    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    4050 Alpha Road
    Dallas, Texas 75244
    United States
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    The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today’s global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

    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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/594519800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.