General Attorney (Tax) (Senior Counsel)

Duties The Large Business and International (LB&I) Division Counsel provides legal services to the IRS LB&I Division, an industry focused organization with an emphasis on global tax administration for corporations and partnerships with assets greater than $10 million. The Division Counsel employs over 300 attorneys located in 39 cities nationwide. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Division has five Area Counsels based in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Texas, and California. Each Area Counsel is responsible for legal work within a defined geographic area and for developing specialized knowledge of one of the industries served nationally by the IRS including: financial services; heavy manufacturing and transportation; retail, food, pharmaceuticals, and health care; natural resources and construction; and communications, technology, and media. LB&I attorneys provide a full range of legal services on all issues, including advising LB&I compliance agents, handling litigation in the U.S. Tax Court, and assisting the Department of Justice in the handling of refund cases in the U.S. District Courts.As a General Attorney (Tax) (Senior Counsel), you will:Provide technical written legal advice on some of the Office’s most complex, important, or novel trial/case/project assignments, particularly those with broad impact or potentially controversial ramifications. Provide legal services and strategies on tax matters that involve corporations, subchapter S corporations, partnerships, and individuals with substantial assets and complicated legal and accounting issues in the context of an expanding global environment. As delegated by the manager, plan, develop, and complete complex legal work products without review and provide technical guidance and review of staff work products.Serve as lead attorney or team member with responsibility for all facets of litigation before the United States Tax Court. This responsibility includes the development and trial of docketed cases including discovery, pretrial motions, stipulations of fact, trial, trial memoranda, and briefs or the review thereof. Work with Department of Justice on complex refund litigation and other litigation matters.Use knowledge of the United States Tax Court Rules of Practice and Procedure and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure related to Discovery and e-Discovery to litigate effectively cases in the United States Tax Court. This includes using litigation technology database review tools to organize, analyze, and retrieve case data for discovery and trial preparation and using trial litigation software to litigate cases.Exercise signatory authority on own work and work of others, under the relevant delegated authority. Apply a high level of sophisticated analysis and research to identify and assess approaches. Make recommendations on behalf of the Office to executives and managers. Interact with personnel from other LB&I Division Counsel offices, other Counsel Divisions, IRS, Department of Treasury, Department of Justice, other Federal agencies, taxpayer’s representatives, petitioner’s counsel, and/or others on behalf of LB&I to exchange information or coordinate actions to handle and complete assignments. Serve as a tax expert on matters dealing with specialized taxpayer and industry groups.Serve as team leader on large-scale LB&I guidance projects, publications, and litigation matters that may include representatives from other LB&I Division Counsel offices, other Counsel Divisions, or IRS. Direct and coordinates work of other team members and oversee all related administrative and logistical matters.This is not an all-inclusive list. Requirements Conditions of Employment Refer to “Additional Information”Click “Print Preview” to review the entire announcement before applying.Must be a U.S. Citizen or National Qualifications In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.To qualify for this position of General Attorney (Tax) (Senior Counsel), you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:Basic Requirements for General Attorney (Tax) (Senior Counsel):Possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; ANDApplicants must be an active member in good standing of the bar of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;GS-15 Experience Requirements:1 year of general professional legal experience; plus3 year(s) of professional legal tax experienceProfessional Legal Tax Experience is defined as: A thorough and comprehensive professional knowledge of and understanding of Federal tax statutes and regulations pertaining to subchapter C corporations, subchapter S corporations, and partnerships with assets greater than $10 million. At least one year of this experience must be equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-14). Note: Only experience gained after Bar Admission may be credited as Professional Legal Experience.Education Substitution: An LL.M. degree in Taxation/Tax Law may be substituted for the one year of the general legal experience listed above.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. 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. Education For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to .FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. For further information, visit: . Additional information We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.Relocation expenses are not authorized.This is a bargaining unit position.We offer opportunities for telework.We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.The salary range indicated in this announcement covers multiple locality areas. Your salary will be adjusted based on the post of duty for which you are selected.Conditions of Employment Continued:Subject to a 1-year trial period (unless already completed).Subject to a Tenure Commitment of up to 3 yearsMust successfully complete a background investigation.Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.Undergo an income tax verification.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. 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. . 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. Required Documents 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. (Cover letters are optional.) 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 .In addition, applicants are required to submit: A memorandum of interest summarizing your interest in the position.An unofficial or official transcript(s) for your J.D. degree or LL.M. degree (an official transcript is required if you are selected)An 8-10 page legal writing sample Current Chief Counsel Employees are also required to submit: A copy of your most recent, signed, completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 12 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your applicationA Supervisory Report for Non Supervisory Positions (Senior Counsel Only) (ERB Form 1-88a, Rev. 4-11) 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 copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade. Education Documentation: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. See “Education” for more details.Certificate of Good Standing: A certified original copy of your certificate of good standing from your State Bar will be required if you are selected.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 dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an , along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans’ preference, view . How to Apply The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 05/09/2023 and/or cut-off dates in this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a – 4:30p ET, Monday – Friday). To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link:To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Agency contact information Laura O’Nan Phone Email Address Office of Chief Counsel, IRSStaffing and Classification Branch1111 Constitution Ave, NWWashington, DC 20224US Next steps To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: . The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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