Supervisory General Attorney (Tax) Branch Chief – Qualified Plans Branch 1

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: 15
Total Openings: 1


The incumbent of this position serves as a Branch Chief responsible for the supervision and management of a branch in the office of the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits) (EEE). The branch prepares regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, and notices, announcements in connection with tax-qualified retirement plans and individual retirement arrangements. It also issues necessary legal opinions on matters relating to these areas, as well as private letter rulings, technical advice memoranda and Chief Counsel Advice relating to these areas. The branch also provides litigation support assistance in connection with the defense, settlement and processing of cases pending in the United States Tax Court, and refund cases filed in district courts and the Court of Claims in these areas and reviews related tax legislation. As a Supervisory General Attorney (Tax) Branch Chief, you will: Act as legal consultant to the IRS on some of the most difficult, important and complex professional and legal matters arising in the administration of the Internal Revenue laws. Direct exhaustive and detailed research on some of the most complicated legal problems and preparation of recommendations as to the position to be taken by the Service. Directs the participation by the branch in conferences with representatives of other interested offices concerning projects. Branch employees, including the incumbent, provide litigation support to other Counsel offices and the Department of Justice. Prepare or review proposed memoranda on various legal matters for submission to the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (EB), Associate Chief Counsel (EEE), the Deputies Chief Counsel, the Chief Counsel, or the General Counsel for final approval. Prepare or review material for publication by the branch. Represent the Office in discussions with taxpayers on private letter rulings and in presentations to the public. Examine all matters assigned to the branch and assigns to each branch employee work appropriate to his/her experience and skills. Exercise additional supervisory responsibilities over the branch as follows: Plan the work of the branch that must be accomplished by the staff, including establishing priorities; Insure timely performance of a satisfactory amount of high quality work; Review work product of professionals and specialists in the branch for completeness, accuracy and consistency; Evaluate performance of subordinates; Give advice, counsel or instructions on both work and administrative matters, and resolve any issues raised; Make recommendations for promotions, awards or reassignments; Effect minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands and recommends actions in more serious cases; Hear and resolve complaints from employees, refer more serious unresolved complaints to Associate Chief Counsel; Identify and recommend developmental and training needs of employees.


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 Supervisory General Attorney (Tax) Branch Chief, you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement: Basic Requirements for Supervisory General Attorney (Tax) Branch Chief: Possess at least the first professional law degree (LL.B. or J.D.) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; AND 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 legal experience; plus 3 year(s) of legal tax experience Legal tax experience is defined as comprehensive knowledge of other areas of the law and legal concepts particularly as they impact tax laws with expertise in one or more of the following specialization areas: 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; matters relating to disclosure, privacy and FOIA; matters relating to bankruptcy practice and procedure; matters relating to summonses and the gathering of information; and judicial practice and procedure. 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). Education Substitution: An LL.M. degree in the field of the position (tax, GLS-related, or P&A- FOIA/Disclosure related field) 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. Time in Grade Requirement for GS-15: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-14).

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