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Job Title:Tax Law Specialist

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:14CW2-WIX0013-0987-12-13C

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 to Wednesday, November 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0987-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent, Career/Career Conditional

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington DC, DC View Map
New Carrollton, MD View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

U.S. CITIZENS, NO PRIOR FEDERAL EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED.

JOB SUMMARY:

WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

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.
WHAT IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)?  The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.
WHAT DOES AN WHAT DOES A TAX LAW SPECIALIST DO? IRS employs Tax Law Specialists (TLS) in many areas throughout the Service. In the TE/GE function, a TLS interprets the tax code, regulations, administrative guidance and court cases. They provide authoritative technical tax advice and education through outreach to tax exempt organizations and employee plans. A TLS drafts technical guidance and revises forms. They analyze requests relating to rulings and applications for tax exempt status. In the W&I function, a TLS analyzes new legislation and interprets tax code and regulations to develop and revise tax forms and publications or a TLS may respond to customer inquiries involving tax laws and account related questions by telephone and/or electronic media. In the LMSB function, they provide expert advice on a range of corporate tax issues or may be specialists in international tax law.
WHAT IS THE WAGE AND INVESTMENT DIVISION?   The Wage & Investment Division (W&I) serves about 122 million taxpayers who file upwards of 94 million returns each year. Key W&I objectives are to provide high-quality taxpayer assistance, and to enable taxpayers to transact and communicate electronically to file their returns, make payments and receive assistance. W&I partners with private organizations to provide assistance to such disadvantaged groups as elderly and low-income taxpayers.
2 Positions are located in Wage and Investment; Media & Publications;Tax, Forms, and Publications, in Washington DC or New Carrollton, MD.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Moving expenses will not be authorized.
  • TOD: M-F 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, start time negotiable.
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  • Alternate work schedule,Staggered work hours or telework may be available.

DUTIES:

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As a Tax Law Specialist, you will:

  • Make legal determinations by interpreting and applying the tax laws; you will conduct research, analyze, and interpret tax issues and cases/accounts;
  • Identify, gather and analyze tax data to identify trends and issues;
  • Draft and write technical guidance; and participate in developing and implementing tax programs and projects, such as educational programs and revise forms, for internal and external customers.

  • QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    QUALIFICATIONS/ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: You must meet the following eligibility and basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    To be minimally qualified for the GS-12, you must
    meet the basic requirements below.

    To qualify for this position you must have at
    least one year of specialized experience
    equivalent to the GS-11 which is the next lower
    grade level of the normal line of progression of
    this position in the Federal government.  
    Specialized experience is experience that is
    related to the work of this position and has
    provided you with the competencies required for
    successful job performance.

    Qualifying experience is experience that
    demonstrated accomplishment of legal, tax
    accounting, or other project assignments that
    required a wide range of knowledge of Federal tax
    laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other
    areas related to the position to be filled.  This
    knowledge is generally demonstrated by
    assignments where the applicant analyzed a number
    of alternative approaches in the process of
    advising management concerning major aspects of
    Federal tax laws, regulations, and precedent
    decisions.  

     Examples of qualifying specialized
    experience include:

    •Prepare legal memoranda, reviewing or drafting,
    rulings, determination or advisory letters
    related to Federal taxation.
    •Analyze and adjudicate tax claims, appeals,
    settlement offers, or similar work related to
    Federal tax operations.
    •Conduct legal research and analysis, and
    preparing briefs or similar documents that
    interpret laws and regulations.
    •Conduct work as an accountant, a tax preparer, a
    financial manager, auditor, or investigator that
    requires application of Federal tax accounting
    principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and
    related laws.

     To be minimally qualified for the GS-13, you must
    meet the basic requirements below.

    To qualify for this position you must have at
    least one year of specialized experience
    equivalent to the GS-12 which is the next lower
    grade level of the normal line of progression of
    this position in the Federal government.  
    Specialized experience is experience that is
    related to the work of this position and has
    provided you with the competencies required for
    successful job performance.

    Qualifying experience is experience that
    demonstrated accomplishment of legal, tax
    accounting, or other project assignments that
    required a wide range of knowledge of Federal tax
    laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other
    areas related to the position to be filled.  This
    knowledge is generally demonstrated by
    assignments where the applicant analyzed a number
    of alternative approaches in the process of
    advising management concerning major aspects of
    Federal tax laws, regulations, and precedent
    decisions.  

     Examples of qualifying specialized
    experience include:

    •Prepare legal memoranda, reviewing or draft
    rulings, determination or advisory letters
    related to Federal taxation.
    •Analyze and adjudicate tax claims, appeals,
    settlement offers, or similar work related to
    Federal tax operations.
    •Conduct legal research and analysis, and prepare
    briefs or similar documents that interpret laws
    and regulations.
    •Conduct work as an accountant, a tax preparer, a
    financial manager, auditor, or investigator that
    requires application of Federal tax accounting
    principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and
    related laws.


    "See Required Documents"

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    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

    1. Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. You will respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following competencies: Customer Service, Decision Making, Influencing/ Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills: Legal, Government and Jurisprudence, Oral Communication/Speaking, Organizational Awareness, Planning and Evaluating, Problem Solving, Reading, Reasoning, Tax Law and Practices, Teaches Others, Writing. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "NOT QUALIFIED" determination for this position. For tips preparing your resume click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/ResumeTips.pdf. for cover letter tips click http://www.jobs.irs.gov/downloads/CoverLetterTips.pdf.
    2. You will be tentatively assigned to a category group (A, B, C) based on your responses to the online questions. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, C = Qualified.) Candidates will be considered in category group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service -connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their responses to the questions and will be referred for selection before non-preference eligibles with the same category. Applicants are tentatively assigned to a category group pending qualifications validation and/or assessment results.
    3. Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position(s). Applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. 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 Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
      WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov.

    To preview questions please click here.


    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. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at: https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

    OTHER INFORMATION:

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION
    If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Cassandra Quist at 801-620-7778. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Travel local and/or overnight 1 to 5 nights per a month.
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • 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.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 Personal Identity Verification); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Undergo a pre-employment federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification. IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.

  • “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 2 years of returns.”

    HOW TO APPLY:

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    The application process has 6 STEPS:
    STEP 1: Create an account at: https://my.usajobs.gov.
    STEP 2: Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS "Resume Builder" or "Upload" your Resume into USAJOBS.
    STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to http://jobs.irs.gov/USAJOBS , copy and enter the announcement number in the key word search field. Select "Yes", if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click "Search for Jobs." Click "Apply Online" on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click "Apply for this position now!"
    STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click "Apply to this Vacancy".
    STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.
    STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click "Finish" at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application. WHAT IF I FORGOT TO SUBMIT SOMETHING?
    1. Log into My USAJOBS at https://my.usajobs.gov with your user name and password.
    2. Click on "Application Status".
    3. Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement.
    4. Click "Review and Update the documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page.
    5. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.
    6. Click "Finish" to save this change.


    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education for training or experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree must be accredited (or pre-accredited) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please refer to: www.ope.ed.govaccreditation/search.aspx. Note: If the position has specific education requirements and you are not currently or have not previously been in the series to be filled, please submit a transcript demonstrating you have the basic education required. If you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to: www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a
    CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the click here. you must submit proof of eligibility.
    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION For additional information see link at bottom of announcement.
    Sole Survivorship Preference:  Veterans released or discharged under honorable conditions from a period of active duty from the armed forces, after August 29, 2008, by reason of a Sole Survivorship discharge (SSP), may be eligible for Veteran's Preference.  To receive credit, please update your application to indicate that you are entitled to "Veteran's Preference by reason of Sole Survivorship Discharge" and include documentation to support your claim.  See the section entitled "How to Apply, What if I forgot to submit something" for instructions on updating your application and adding the necessary documentation for consideration.   
    NOTE: YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION BY 11:59 P.M. EST ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Cassandra Quist
    Phone: 801-620-6972
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: Ogdenirsrecruiting@irs.gov
    Agency Information:
    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    1973 N Rulon White Blvd
    M/S 1540
    Ogden, UT
    84404
    US
    Fax: 000-000-0000

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. 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 communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile. You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your "My USAJOBS" account and clicking on "My Application."

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    Job Announcement Number:

    14CW2-WIX0013-0987-12-13C

    Control Number:

    354252200