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General Attorney (Tax), Special Counsel (PA) at US Internal Revenue Service

US Internal Revenue Service


Mid Level

Washington, DC, USA

$144.128 - $172.500

01 Sep → 01 Oct


Job Description

This position is located in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration). The Special Counsel serves as a staff official and confidential advisor to the Associate Chief Counsel (P&A) (executive). As Special Counsel, the incumbent works for, and represents, the executive and is involved in some of the most important and sensitive issues and other matters handled by the executive. The Special Counsel assists the executive in the formulation of policies and programs for the operation of the Office and performs special assignments of a case-specific or project nature. The Special Counsel represents the executive in the regulations and ruling review process and acts as a personal consultant on a variety of legal matters relating to: the procedural aspects of filing returns and paying taxes; assessment and collection of taxes (including interest and penalties); abating, crediting or refunding over-assessments or overpayments of tax; disclosure, privacy and FOIA; bankruptcy practice and procedure; summonses and the gathering of information; and judicial practice and procedure.

Because of its tax-related mission, the Office of Chief Counsel requires fingerprinting, tax verification, and a background security investigation as part of the pre-employment process.

Job Responsibilities

  • As directed by the executive, considers legal, technical, legislative or litigation matters having broad ramifications or particular importance and renders decisions thereon, generally without review.
  • Acts as a personal legal and technical advisor to the executive on the most difficult, important and complex legal matters arising in areas of procedure and administration of the Internal Revenue laws that are under the executive's jurisdiction.
  • Performs exhaustive and detailed research on complicated legal problems and prepares recommendations as to the position to be taken by the executive's office. Signs such recommendations for the executive without review except for cases that the Special Counsel feels the executive should review or as otherwise specifically directed.
  • As directed, acts as the personal representative of the executive at top levels of the Service and Treasury and attends meetings and conferences where policy is developed and determined. Also represents the executive in meetings with Congressional staff or the staff of other Federal agencies. Such representations are for the purpose of furthering, setting forth, and explaining the position of the Chief Counsel's Office, Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department.
  • As assigned, acts in an advisory capacity to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and other top Service and Treasury officials, advising them of possible courses of action and the consequences of controversial, complex or unique problems.
  • As a personal representative of the executive on professional legal matters, contributes to the policies and precedents guiding the conduct of legal activities of the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department.
  • As assigned, performs functions and aids in the successful management and operation of the administrative functions assigned or reporting to the executive.
  • Performs such other professional duties as the executive may direct.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • Possess a J.D. and 1 year of general legal experience, plus 3 years of legal tax experience of which at least two years is in tax law. -OR-

  • Possess a Tax LL.M. and 3 years of legal tax experience

  • Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications.

  • If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

  • Candidates must be admitted to practice law before the highest court of a state or territory of the United States; the District of Columbia; or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

  • One year of legal experience plus three years of professional legal tax experience refers to full-time work after admittance to the bar. Part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

  • Experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector, or through Volunteer Service.

  • To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

Benefits/What We offer

  • A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

  • Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How To Apply

Apply through LegalJobs.

Required Documents:

All applicants must submit the following documents: 1) Memorandum of Interest summarizing your interest in the position. 2) Resume detailing your relevant qualifications and specialized knowledge and experience. 3) A copy of your most recent official performance appraisal, or a progress review. 4) A copy of your Bar Certification. 5) Current Chief Counsel Employees Only a Supervisory Report (ERB Form 1-88, Rev 4/2011) 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.

A complete application includes (1) a resume, (2) vacancy question responses, and (3) submission of any required documents. 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).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. 

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