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 and a family-friendly atmosphere.Learn more about this agency
**Announcement amended to reflect that this is a supervisory position.
This position is located in the Division Counsel (Small Business & Self-Employed). The incumbent is recognized as an expert in all aspects of tax controversy work. In Tax Court Litigation matters, the Special Trial Attorney (STA) leads and manages litigation teams in handling some of the largest, most complex and visible Tax Court cases in the Office of Chief Counsel. In the pre-litigation controversy arena, the incumbent leads and manages teams in addressing novel pre-litigation projects and works closely with the Internal Revenue Service in addressing the most complex and challenging matters facing tax administration.
Duties for this position include:
- Serving as the principal attorney responsible for the preparation, development and presentation of assignments involving the trial of cases before the United States Tax Court. These cases are of the magnitude that they typically warrant the assistance of one or more additional attorneys at the same or lower grade and/or other legal specialists. These cases are of such importance that they frequently involve matching professional skills against some of the most distinguished legal talent outside of the government.
- Being responsible for strategically directing all phases of complex litigation, including discovery, pretrial motions, use of expert witnesses, trial memoranda, and briefs, and has responsibility for personally handling and performing technical review of some of the office's most important, or novel cases and trial assignments, particularly those with broad or potentially controversial ramifications.
- Directing and leading attorney teams on special trials and oversees all related administrative/logistical matters including providing feedback on team members’ performance to supervisor.
- Handling critical non-docketed matters, including cases being considered for litigation and other controversial matters where litigation is anticipated. Advises and works closely with the Department of Justice on significant refund and other litigation issues.
- As initiatives and projects develop, the incumbent will typically be assigned as lead trial counsel or responsible for oversight and strategy with regard to the complex preparation and trial litigation that arises out of these initiatives and projects, especially in leading cases.
- Being responsible for leading and managing project teams that identify major compliance and/or technical legal issues and develop comprehensive and systematic approaches (including the use of summonses and other investigative tools; tax litigation; and/or collection tools), to respond to those issues from pre-filing through litigation. Uses a high level of sophisticated analysis and judgment to identify and assess compliance, legal strategies, and the consequences of alternate approaches required in making recommendations on behalf of the Office to program executives and managers. Issues are often of the magnitude that they will warrant coordination with and briefing of the Chief Counsel; Division or Associate Chief Counsel; and senior IRS, Treasury, and Department of Justice executives.
Occasional travel - 5% or greater
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