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Job Title:  Paralegal Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Treasury
Agency:  Internal Revenue Service
Job Announcement Number:  CCSH-13-D25

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 01, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013
This is a full-time position. - This is a career/career conditional, bargaining unit position.
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

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

Note: This vacancy is also being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion Promotion Procedure.  To be considered under both announcements, you must apply separately to VA# CCSH-13-M25.


 The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. Today, as the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential participant in the global economy. There are many Treasury bureaus and offices, with over 100,000 employees, working together to face and meet the challenges of our nation.

OFFICE OF CHIEF COUNSEL Internal Revenue Service Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Accounting) Washington, DC. The Office of the Associate Chief Counsel Income Tax and Accounting (ITA), comprising a staff of approximately 120 professional and support employees in Washington, DC, provides legal services that support uniform interpretation, application, enforcement, and litigation of Federal tax laws applicable to tax accounting and a wide variety of income tax issues. Who May Apply: 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 3 for more information.


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


  • Applications will be accepted on-line via Career Connector.
  • If unable to apply on-line please contact Personnel Office at 972-308-7412
  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.


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As a Paralegal Specialist, you will be responsible for: handling of cases including preparation of letters to taxpayers and the furnishing of advice to field offices, and other offices of the Office of Chief Counsel or the Internal Revenue Service; preparing post-consent review determination letters regarding accounting methods involving diverse and complex technical issues and problems requiring thorough factual development; analyzing incoming requests to determine whether automatic consent revenue rulings or revenue procedures are applicable; Identify, evaluate and summarize factual information collected along with the basis of any technical questions, legal issues presented, and relevant case law; researching and analyzing legislative history, court decisions, regulations rulings, background materials, and other legal precedents and apply their conclusions to complex and conflicting facts to determine whether or not accounting method requests should be approved; formulate a legally and factually supportable position and prepare determination letters to taxpayers in prescribed format based on case precedents and decisions; schedule, attend and participate in technical conferences with taxpayers and their representatives to discuss substantive and nonsubstantive issues regarding their requests, prepare the conference report, and analyze post-conference submissions to determine whether the submission addresses the issues discussed at the conference.


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

GS-11: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: writing opinions, legal memoranda, litigation reports, discovery requests, affidavits; drafting settlement agreements; participating 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.  The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.  OR

You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:

Applicants must have a 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. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. OR

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



Your application includes your: 1. Resume, 2. Responses to the online questions, and 3. Required supporting documents. We use the 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 posses 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: Knowledge of basic principles, concepts, and methodology used in legal research. Ability to use sound judgment in analyzing complex issues and in determining alternate course of action to obtain necessary information. Ability to efficiently use the resources available, including LEXIS, to analyze, evaluate, and prepare decisions. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 

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.

Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates.  If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, A,B, or C, depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veteran's preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connect disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.

3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are displaced or a surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a rating of Category B 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:


- We will not pay relocation expenses. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  - This is a bargaining unit-designated position. -CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - 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. - Undergo tax verification -Successfully complete background investigation. - 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.


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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 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Central Time), 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 a Resume with USAJOBS ( we suggest you go to the end of the Qualification & 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 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 6 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 6 - 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.


Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position.

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, click this link:

VETERANS PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veteran's 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 Veterans Preference, SF-15, along with required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at 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:



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Phone: 972-308-7412
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You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My USAJOBS" tab and clicking on "My Applications". Applicants referred for consideration will receive a final disposition notice after selections have been made. 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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