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    Summary

    Small Business/Self Employed is the largest Chief Counsel division, with attorneys assigned to 47 field offices. These attorneys work directly with IRS field agents providing legal advice on tax cases involving individuals, small business, and all cases involving collection and bankruptcy issues. When these cases go to trial, SBSE attorneys are the IRS litigators, with responsibility for identifying the desired legal theories, developing the trial strategies and representing IRS in court.

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    Responsibilities

    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 or General Litigation.
    • 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 - 1 to 5 nights per month

    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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    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, 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 background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.

    Qualifications

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

    GS-14: Possess a J.D. and one year of general legal experience, plus two years of specialized experience (one year must have been comparable to the GS-13 level) OR Possess an LL.M. plus two years of specialized experience (one of which must have been comparable to the GS-13 level). 

    GS-13: Possess an LL.M. degree and have at least one year of professional tax experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service OR Have at least two years of professional legal experience after receiving my J.D. of which at least one year is in the tax law and is equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service.

    GS-12: Possess a J.D. and have one year of professional attorney experience comparable to the GS-11 in the Federal service OR Possess a LL.M. degree.

    Specialized Experience: The experience referenced above must have included professional tax legal experience in federal income tax controversy, federal income tax litigation, or federal income tax consulting.

    • 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 atte 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 not authorized.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • We offer opportunities for telework.
    • We offer opportunities for 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) for your J.D. degree or LL.M. degree (an official transcript is required if you are selected); and 2) An 8-10 page legal writing sample.

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

    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 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.

    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. Learn more about federal benefits.

    • 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) by each cutoff date or by the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST, 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

    Angie Gabbert

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    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    Office of Chief Counsel, IRS
    Staffing, Classification and Benefits Branch
    4050 Alpha Road, 14th Floor
    Farmers Branch, District of Columbia 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 and we celebrate each individual’s identity and experiences. Our core value of inclusive diversity encourages our employees to be themselves and innovate from their unique perspectives.
    Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

    With the Internal Revenue Service as its client and 1,500 attorneys on staff, the Office of Chief Counsel is the preeminent employer for tax attorneys in the country. Our attorneys are valued assets and the legal experience provided by Chief Counsel is unlike any other. Chief Counsel attorneys provide top quality legal advice and representation to the IRS in the administration of the nation's tax laws.

    Next steps

    To check the status of your application for this position, please follow these steps:

    1. Login to your USAJOBS account, select the "Applications" section and click on the vacancy you would like to view and have already applied for.
    2. Under "application status," click "additional application information" and you will be taken to the CareerConnector website where you can check your application status.  The "additional application information" link may not be available if your application status says "Unavailable." This indicates that your application is not complete.

    If the "additional application information" link is not available and the vacancy is still open, you can click on the job announcement and "Update Application" to be taken back to the CareerConnector portion of the application.

    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/594520300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.