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    The Office of Chief Counsel, the largest tax law firm in the country, is a great place to work with an excellent benefits package and family-friendly atmosphere. 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.

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    Responsibilities

    The incumbent of this position serves as an Attorney assigned to a Field Office within the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division Counsel (TEGEDC) office. Attorneys are responsible for performing detailed complex legal research to analyze law and facts involved in a case; drafting defense letters to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and serves as the primary Chief Counsel contact and advisor for the DOJ Attorney litigating these suits; litigates alone or with assistance, complex TEGEDC cases before the United States Tax Court and cross-divisional cases when assigned; establishes trial positions and evaluates hazards of litigation based upon all facts and applicable law; provides complex technical legal advice in the areas of Employee Plans, Exempt Organizations, Employment Tax, Executive Compensation, Health and Welfare Benefits, Federal, State and Local Governments, Indian and Tribal Governments, and Tax Exempt Bonds; and effectively advises internal revenue agents regarding technical requirements.

    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, General Litigation, and/or Tax Exempt/Government Entities. 
    • 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 - Periodic travel may be required.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

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    0905 Attorney

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