General Attorney (Tax) (Special Counsel)

United States
Apr 03, 2024
Apr 08, 2024
Contract Type
Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, seeks enthusiastic individuals to serve 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. Please click "Learn more about this agency" to find out more about Chief Counsel's various offices, to view some of the workplace attributes that Chief Counsel's workforce rates most favorably, and to hear from employees themselves.

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) (Special Counsel), you will:

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National


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) (Special Counsel), you must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing of this announcement:

Basic Requirements for General Attorney (Tax) (Special Counsel):

  • 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–15 Experience Requirements:

  • 1 year of general professional legal experience from any area of expertise; plus
  • 3 year(s) of professional legal tax experience

Professional Legal Tax Experience is defined as one or more of the following: Experience with Tax Practice and Procedure issues at the state or federal level; tax controversy (administrative practice); preparing responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and/or handling litigation related to FOIA requests; research and analysis of legal issues relating to complex areas of law (e.g., corporate law, business structuring/planning, securities law, international law, intellectual property); litigation of cases involving tax issues or other complex areas of law (e.g., corporate law, business structuring/planning, securities law, international law, intellectual property). 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 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.