General Attorney (Tax)

US Government, Department of the Treasury

Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, 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 IRS. It is a great place to work with an excellent benefits package and family-friendly atmosphere.


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Job Grade: 12
Total Openings: 2


The Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration) provides legal advice and litigation support services on tax matters involving Federal Tax Procedure and the procedural aspects of filing returns and paying taxes; information reporting; assessment and collection of taxes (including interest and penalties); abating, crediting or refunding over-assessments or overpayments of tax; whistleblower matters; disclosure, Privacy and the Freedom of Information Act; bankruptcy practice and procedure; summonses and the gathering of information; legal ethics; the Administrative Procedure Act; Foreign Bank Account Reporting; user fees; and judicial practice and procedures. As a General Attorney (Tax), you will: Draft published guidance, including regulations, notices, revenue rulings, and revenue procedures. Provide written legal advice to headquarters and field components of the IRS, other Associate offices in the Office of Chief Counsel and the field component of the Office of Chief Counsel. Make recommendations regarding litigation to the Department of Justice and review briefs and other litigation-related documents to be filed in the Tax Court, district courts, and the Court of Claims. Provide advice to the IRS regarding Freedom of Information Act requests and advise the Department of Justice on litigation under the Freedom of Information Act. Develop expertise in one or more specific areas of federal tax practice and procedure. This is not an all-inclusive list. If selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform the duties of the position, and will receive training to help you grow in the position.


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), you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement: Basic Requirements for General Attorney (Tax): Possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND Applicants 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-12 Experience Requirements: 1 year of general legal experience; or An LL.M. degree GS-13 Experience Requirements: 1 year of general legal experience; plus 1 year of legal tax experience GS-14 Experience Requirements: 1 year of general legal experience; plus 2 year(s) of legal tax experience Legal Tax Experience is defined as: Experience with Federal Tax Practice and Procedure issues which include extensive research, analysis and evaluation of complex and difficult legal questions; and/or experience preparing responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and discovery requests relating to Federal tax cases in litigation. 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 for the grade you are applying to. Education Substitution: An LL.M. degree in the field of the position (tax, Public Law / Administrative Law / Regulation, or Bankruptcy Law / Insolvency 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.

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