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Job Title:Attorney-Advisor (Tax), Senior Technical Reviewer

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:CCJL-ERB-13-32

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, February 28, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-15

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a non-bargaining unit position - Permanent/Full time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies - Washington, DCView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens; no prior Federal experience is required. 

Note:  There are multiple positions to be filled from this one Vacancy Announcement.

JOB SUMMARY:

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. 

 

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. These positions are located in the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (International, Branches 2 and 8). The Senior Technical Reviewer serves as a technical expert with respect to the tax areas relating to the functions of the assigned Branch (described below under the Major Duties section).  In addition, the Senior Technical Reviewer is responsible for the assignment and review of cases for some of the attorneys within the Branch; and, as assigned, may perform other administrative/management tasks within the Branch. The Senior Technical Reviewer in this position functions as an Assistant Branch Chief.

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applications will be accepted on-line via Career Connector
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position
  • This is an Excepted Service position
  • If unable to apply on-line, please contact careerconnectorhelp@do.treas.gov
  • Please apply before the closing date in case of technical difficulties.
  • Must possess a J.D.

DUTIES:

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The incumbents of the position serve as a Senior Technical Reviewer in Branches 2 and 8 of the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (International), where he/she acts as legal and technical consultant to the Branch Chief, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Associate Chief Counsel (International), and, as assigned, to other officials in the Office of Chief Counsel on some of the most difficult, important, and complex professional legal matters concerned with the work of Branches 2 and 8, or which may affect the work of other Branches of the office, or other components of the Office of Chief Counsel. Such matters usually arise in connection with (a) technical advice to all field functions, (b) actions on decisions, (c) briefs, (d) unusual technical problems handled by the Branch, (e) publication program, (f) letter rulings, (g) treaties, (h) regulations, (i) legislation, and (j) certain designated substantive tax matters affecting international tax transactions. These matters involve detailed and extensive research on complicated legal problems and the development of recommendations as to the positions to be taken by the Branch and the Office.

The principal subject matter areas of the Branch 2 include the U.S. taxation of controlled foreign Corporations (Subpart F), possive foreign investment companies (PFIC), foreign personal holding companies (FPHCs), U.S. citizens or residents living abroad, and related areas of U.S. taxation of international income. 

The principal subject matter areas of the Branch 8 include Chapter 3 withholding and fixed, determinable, annual, and periodical (FDAP) income of nonresidents aliens and foreign corporations, Chapter 4 withholding and information reporting, and related areas of U.S. taxation of internatioal income. 

The incumbent considers all questions which have broad, legal ramifications and renders appropriate decisions. In consultation with the Branch Chief, the incumbent is responsible for the assignment of selected cases and projects to the attorneys within the Branch and for review of the work products. As designated, the Senior Technical Reviewer serves as Branch Chief in the absence of that official, and performs other professional tasks as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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All supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit all required supporting documentation will result in disqualification and/or ineligibility to be considered for this position. To be considered, applicants must have graduated from an ABA accredited law school; posses of bar membership which permits the practice before the highest court of a state or territory in the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must be in good standing of the Bar.  To meet specialized experience at the GS-15 grade level- applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the equivalent to the GS-14 level.

Specialized Experience: You must possess the following specialized experience which is in, or directly related to, the work of the position to be filled. Specialized knowledge and experience includes the following: 

Branch 2 - Thorough and comprehensive professional knowledge of Federal tax laws and regulations, and decisions applicable thereto, particularly as they relate to the U.S. taxation of international transactions and income; specific substantive knowledge and experience dealing with Subpart F, PFICs, FPHCs, and taxation of U.S. citizens or residents living abroad.  Knowledge of Tax Court practice and procedure and/or refund litigation, and knowledge of, and experience in, applying tax litigation policies and procedures is helpful.

 Branch 8 - Thorough and comprehensive professional knowledge of Federal tax laws and regulations, and decisions applicable thereto, particularly as they relate to the U.S. Taxation of international tax transactions and income; specific substantive knowledge and experience dealing with Chapters 3 and 4 withholding.  Knowledge of Tax Court practice and procedure and/or refund litigation, and knowledge of, and experience in, applying tax litigation policies and procedures is helpful.


Must possess a J.D. and have 1 year of general legal experience plus 3 years of professional legal tax experience. An LL.M. degree in the Field of the position (tax) may be substituted for the one year of general Legal experience listed above.

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

PLEASE NOTE: The J.D. and/or the LL.M must be from an ABA-accredited law school.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the eligibility requirements, the Executive Resources Board will evaluate your overall specialized knowledge and experience as it relates to the position to be filled, compare it to the other applicants' knowledge and experience and determine the candidate best qualified for the position. The Board may or may not conduct interviews. You will be notified of the outcome.
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BENEFITS:

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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: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

  



OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Relocation expenses will not be authorized.
  • This is a Nonbargaining position
  • The selectee will be required to file a confidential financial disclosure report (OGE Form 450) upon entrance on duty, and annually thereafter.
  • Additional identical positions may be filled from this vacancy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the point of contact listed on this vacancy announcement.
  • The Office of Chief Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit and without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, family status or other differences.
  • All application materials become the property of the Office of Chief Counsel and will not be returned.
  • 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 (http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf). Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. 
  • Undergo an income tax verification.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation.


  • HOW TO APPLY:

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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 (www.usajobs.gov) 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 http://www.treasury.gov/careers/Documents/Resume%20Tips.pdf 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.  For further information refer to the "What to Expect Next" section of the vacancy announcement. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, send your updated information to careerconnectorhelp@do.treas.gov to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please use the contact's telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT THE EXECUTIVE RESOURCES BRANCH PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on- line submission. Requests for extensions will not be granted.

    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.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    All supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit all required supporting documentation will result in disqualification and/or eligibility to be considered for this position. Applicants must submit a memorandum of interest summarizing your relevant qualifications and specialized knowledge and experience and resume.  In addition, IRS Office of Chief Counsel applicants must submit:  A copy of your most recent official performance appraisal, or a progress review.  2) Supervisory Report (ERB Form 1-88, Rev 4/11) regarding your suitability for the position as completed by your current or most recent supervisor. You are responsible for notifying your supervisor that this report must be received no later than five workdays after the closing date of this announcement. 

    After answering all vacancy related questions in CareerConnector, you will be taken to a page for submitting requested supplemental documents. There are two options to submit your supporting documentation: You can either 1) electronically upload your supporting documentation OR 2) fax the requested supporting documentation for this vacancy.

    OPTION 1: 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 the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.

    OPTION 2: FAX You may electronically fax the requested supporting documentation for this vacancy. The Auto-Requested Fax Cover Sheet instructions will appear after you completed your on-line application.  (1) After answering all vacancy related questions in CareerConnector, you will be taken to a page containing a list of fax cover sheets for requested supplemental documents. (2) Choose the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the appropriate check boxes in the "Selected Documents" column. (3) Click the "Print Cover Sheets" button. A new window will pop up containing the fax cover sheet(s) that you selected. Print out the cover sheet(s). NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to print the cover sheets. (4) Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure that it is legible and that all information is complete and signed if necessary. (5) Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number that is specified on the cover sheet. NOTE: If you are faxing more than one document, EACH DOCUMENT MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet to the fax number specified on the cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS UNDER ONE COVER SHEET. (6) Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event that you need to re-fax your supporting documents for this vacancy announcement at a later time. Please note that these fax cover sheets can only be used for this specific vacancy announcement. Each fax transmission includes a unique identification number, which ensures that your document is processed correctly. (7) If you successfully submit the documents via Auto-Requested Fax, you will receive an e-mail confirmation within 12 hours. 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 in the announcement for additional assistance.

    Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as specified under the required documents section by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. 

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION   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. An SF-15 may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspxhttp

    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 to http://www.treasury.gov/careers/Pages/ctap-ictap.aspx.

    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). 

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Jacqueline T. Lawson
    Phone: 202-622-5532
    Fax: 202 927-2984
    Email: ERB@irscounsel.treas.gov
    Agency Information:
    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    1111 Constitution Ave. NW
    Room 7609
    Executive Resources Branch
    Washington, DC
    20224
    US
    Fax: 202 927-2984

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Please go to https:/careerconnector.jobs.treas.gov to check the status of your application. You will be required to provide your Career Connector Userid and password to access your application information. After supplying your user information, choose the option "View Application Status" to review your status. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete. You may call the number listed above to inquire about your application.

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    Job Announcement Number:

    CCJL-ERB-13-32

    Control Number:

    338794500