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.
This position is located in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate) (the Division). The mission of Senior Technician Reviewer is to serves as a technical expert with respect to the subject areas and functions of the assigned Branch and Division. The Division is responsible for the specialty areas of tax law pertaining to corporations, including corporate reorganization and corporation-shareholder issues, redemptions, liquidations, spin-offs, transfers to controlled corporations, general reorganizations, corporate bankruptcies, and consolidated returns.
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.
As an attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel, Corporate Division, you will:
As Senior Technician Reviewer (STR), the incumbent serves as a technical expert with respect to the functions and subject areas assigned to the Branch. Subject areas for which the Branch and Division are responsible involve the following specialty areas of tax law: corporate reorganization and corporation-shareholder issues, redemptions, liquidations, spin-offs, transfers to controlled corporations, corporate bankruptcies, and consolidated returns. The STR acts as a legal and technical consultant to the Branch Chief, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel, Associate Chief Counsel, and as assigned, to other officials in the Office of Chief Counsel on some of the most difficult, important, and complex professional legal and policy matters concerned with the work of the Branch, or which may affect the work of other Branches of the office, or other components of the Chief Counsel's Office.
The Senior Technician Reviewer performs detailed and extensive research on complicated legal problems and assigns work (in consultation with the Branch Chief) to attorneys, reviews their work product, and provides the Branch Chief with performance feedback of the work performed. The STR develops recommendations as to the positions to be taken by the Branch and the Office; considers questions which have broad legal ramifications and renders appropriate decisions; as necessary, participates in the resolution of some of the most complex technical problems presented by the taxpayers and their representatives and provides important technical support to the IRS in a variety of contexts including exam, appeals and litigation. The STR works under the pressure of a heavy workload, changing priorities, and occasional conflicts. He or she must be able to analyze complex transactions, examine and evaluate voluminous data submitted in litigation or through the ruling or guidance process, communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and represent the Office in professional meetings, conferences, and panel discussions. The STR must have broad vision and the ability to evaluate the legal reasoning and interpretations advanced by taxpayers and their representatives. He or she will be called on to apply professional knowledge, judgment, and discretion to novel and unprecedented situations.
Occasional travel - 5% or greater
Who May Apply
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U.S. citizens and U.S. Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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Your application includes your resume and responses to the online questions and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume will result in a “not qualified” determination.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
To qualify for this position at the GS-15 grade level, you must have one year of general legal experience plus 4 years of specialized legal tax experience, equivalent in scope and effect to the GS-14 level. An LL.M. degree in the field of the position (tax) may be substituted for one year of general legal experience listed.
You must demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the application of one or more of the following – section 1504 affiliation rules; section 1.1502-13 intercompany transaction regulations; section 1502-21 net operating loss regulations; and section 1.1502-32 investment adjustment regulations. In addition, you must demonstrate a strong working knowledge of the major common law doctrines applicable to consolidated groups and the single-versus-separate entity themes and goals underlying the different provisions of the consolidated return regulations.
The J.D. and/or the LL.M must be from an ABA-accredited law school.
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 professional legal experience refers to full-time work. Part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
The experience may have been gained in the public, private sector, or 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.
You must have been at the GS-14 level for 52 weeks. (time-in-grade requirement)
You must have graduated with a J.D. and/or an LL.M from an ABA-accredited law school.
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
This is a non bargaining unit position.
We offer opportunities for telework.
We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
Occasional Travel may be required.
Position is located at 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
A 1-year trial period is required.
Must successfully complete a background investigation.
Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
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 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
Undergo an income tax verification.
The employment of 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 You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications 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.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, the Executive Resources Branch will assess 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.
Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the experience described in your application.
If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.
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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. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips .
In addition, applicants are required to submit the following documents: 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 ) 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.
If selected, you will be required to submit an official Certificate of Good Standing from your State Bar.
CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment
Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The “position occupied” block on the SF-50 should show a “1” or 2 and your “tenure” block should show a “1” or “2”.)
Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade; submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.
Submit a copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If the performance appraisal is not dated within the last 12 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION:
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of Chief Counsel considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. 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 actual or expected 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. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets .
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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. Learn more about federal benefits .
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