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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Treasury
Agency:  Internal Revenue Service
Job Announcement Number:  CCDP-13-D19

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$49,086.00 to $79,073.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Tuesday, February 05, 2013
This is a Career/Career-Conditional appointment. - This position is on a full-time work schedule.
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Saint Paul, MN, USView Map
Milwaukee, WI, USView Map

U.S. citizens, no prior Federal Experience is required. 


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 with an excellent benefits package and family-friendly atmosphere. 

Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

The Office of Division Counsel Small Business/Self Employed  is the largest Chief Counsel division, with attorneys assigned to 49 field offices.  These attorneys work directly with IRS field agents providing legal advice on tax cases involving individuals and small businesses, and on all cases involving collection and bankruptcy issues.  When these cases go to trail, SB/SE attorneys are the IRS litagators, with direct responsibility for identifying the desired legal theories, developing the trail strategies and representing the IRS in court. 

1. Current Federal employees on career or career-conditional (permanent) appointments in the competitive service, or former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; or

2. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles (Please go to for more information.); or 3. Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individuals with disabilities or covered by an interchange agreement); or

4. Individuals who are eligible for appointment under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act. Please go to for more information. 


  • Applications will be accepted on-line via Career Connector.
  • If unable to apply on-line please contact
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.


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The following are a few duties of this position at the GS-11. 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.  The incumbent will assist in:


-Contacts the appropriate office to obtain and review files; researches issues; and analyzes files.

-Prepares non-rountine jurisdictional motions.

-Monitors all deadlines.

-Drafts counsel settlement memorandum.

-Conducts indepth rearch.

-Prepares cases for trial.

-Assist attorneys in the maintenance and compilation of trial exhibits.

-Closes cases.

-Analyzes pleadings and the administrative file.

-Drafts defense letters in non-complex cases.

-Assists in identifying and the hiring of expert witnesses.


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To be eligible, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements on or before the closing date of this announcement.

Education: If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade and date of completion. to be used in meeting qualification requirements, 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 An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

GS:09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Specialized experience for this position includes: writing opinions, legal memoranda, litigation reports, discovery requests, and affidavits; drafting settlement agreements; assisting in the preparation of paperwork necessary for processing and completion of the case; assisting the attorney in the presentation of the case; conducting information collection and researching statutes and precedents.  This list is not inclusive


Failure to demonstrate specialized experience with Federal Income Tax and Tax Litigation on the applicant's resume may result in disqualification.

GS-09: You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service.

GS-11: You must have 52 weeks of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. 


Your application includes your: 1. Resume, 2. Responses to the online questions, and 3. Required supporting documents. We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.

2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Ability to perform legal research; ability to analyze and evaluate legal documents; ability to deal with others effectively; ability to communicate orally and in writing; and knowledge of terminology used in legal work in order to perpare or correct legal documents.   Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority. Please go to for more information. We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

To preview questions please click here.


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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs.  Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:


To receive first consideration, Chief Counsel employees seeking a reassignment must be on the Master First Consideration List.  Counsel employees applying for promotion will receive first consideration through this announcement.

  • Please note that relocation/moving expenses will not be paid.
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • This is a bargaining-designated position.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • 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. Prior to entrance on duty or receipt of an official job offer, a selectee must receive favorable results for fingerprints and tax clearance for the last three years tax returns filed.
  • A background security investigation, including a tax audit, will be initiated prior to appointment. After entrance on duty, failure to successfully meet the background investigation and favorable adjudication requirements may be grounds for termination.
  • All application materials become the property of the Office of Chief Counsel and will not be returned.
  • Male selectees born after December 31, 1959 must provide proof of registration with the Selective Service System.
  • Failure to demonstrate specialized experience with Federal Income Tax and Tax Litigation on the applicant's resume may result in disqualification.


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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. - 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. Treasury 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. Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS ( We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. For resume tips click here You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes. Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" button on this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process. Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application. If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button. Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission. You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status. Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by: document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit. Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways: 1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. OR 2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet. We strongly encourage that you fax the supporting documents at least 12 hours prior to the closing date. If you are unsure of how to obtain the fax cover sheets or you have problems faxing please email the contact name given for additional assistance.


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).

CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES -- Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment

  • Submit a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".) - Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
  • Submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year, that includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, please go to


SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.


VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA) DOCUMENTATION If you are applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), 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 by no later than the closing date of this announcement. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at If you are claiming preference but are currently still in the military, you must submit a memo from your current military personnel office. This memo must include years of service, projected terminal leave date, campaign and expeditionary medals (including purple heart if applicable) and a statement about the character of service (honorable). You will only receive preference based on the documentation you submit. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to


EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. To be used in meeting qualification requirements, 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 An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at:


Deanna Porter
Phone: 972-308-7362
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
4050 Alpha Road
Room 1470, MS 2115 NDAL
Staffing, Classification, and Benefits Branch
Dallas, TX
Fax: 000-000-0000


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". We also recommend you opt to receive status emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." 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.

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