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Tax Law Specialist

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## Duties
### Summary
**WHAT DOES A TAX LAW SPECIALIST DO?** IRS employs Tax Law Specialists (TLS) in many areas throughout the Service. In the TE/GE function, a TLS interprets the tax code, regulations, administrative guidance and court cases. They provide authoritative technical tax advice and education through outreach to tax exempt organizations and employee plans. A TLS drafts technical guidance and revises forms. They analyze requests relating to rulings and applications for tax exempt status. In the W&I; function, a TLS analyzes new legislation and interprets tax code and regulations to develop and revise tax forms and publications or a TLS may respond to customer inquiries involving tax laws and account related questions by telephone and/or electronic media. In the LB&I; function, they provide expert advice on a range of corporate tax issues or may be specialists in international tax law.
**WHAT IS THE APPEALS DIVISION?**Independent by statute and staffed by highly trained professionals, the Appeals function provides alternative dispute resolution for any taxpayer contesting IRS compliance actions. Appeals represents the last opportunity for the IRS and a taxpayer to resolve disputes prior to litigation, and ensures that all taxpayers can receive an impartial review of their tax case. This impartial review is essential to the integrity of the American tax system.
**1 position in Office of Appeals, Specialized Exam Program Ref, Technical Guidance to be filled in any of the following locations:**
** 401 W Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA**
**31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD**
**10 Causeway, Boston, MA**
**200 W. Adams, Chicago, IL**
**290 Broadway - Foley Square, New York City, NY**
**55 North Robinson, Oklahoma City, OK**
**701 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA**
**915 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA**
***PLEASE READ PRIOR TO APPLYING TO THIS POSITION***When applying for this position, please consider each location before selecting. If you are selected for a posotion which requires reloctation, you are responsible to relocate at your own expense and report on the negotiated start date.
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### Responsibilities
As a Tax Law Specialist, you will:
* Make legal determinations by interpreting and applying the tax laws; you will conduct research, analyze, and interpret tax issues and cases/accounts;
* Identify, gather and analyze tax data to identify trends and issues;
* Draft and write technical guidance; and participate in developing and implementing tax programs and projects, such as educational programs and revise forms, for internal and external customers.
**WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS?** If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov
### Travel Required
Not required
##### Supervisory status
No
##### Promotion Potential
15
### Who May Apply
#### This job is open to...
* Current IRS Internal/Agency Employees
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
* #### Job family (Series)
0987 Tax Law Specialist
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## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
* Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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* Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
* IRS Employees on Career or Career Conditional Appointments
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### Qualifications
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement. ****
**GS-15 LEVEL:** You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience that demonstrated accomplishment of legal, tax accounting, or other project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other areas related to the position to be filled. This knowledge is generally demonstrated by assignments where the applicant analyzed a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of Federal tax laws, regulations, and precedent decisions. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Prepare legal memoranda, review or draft rulings, determination or advisory letters related to Federal taxation. Analyze and adjudicate tax claims, appeals, settlement offers, or similar work related to Federal tax operations. Conduct legal research and analysis, and prepare briefs or similar documents that interpret laws and regulations. Conduct work as an accountant, a tax preparer, a financial manager, auditor, or investigator that requires application of Federal tax accounting principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and related laws. Conduct work on a project with a number of contacts (coworkers, supervisors and managers) on an individual and team basis.
* The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or VolunteerService. 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.
**In addition to the above requirements, you**** have been at the GS-14 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).**
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### Additional information
**POSITION DESCRIPTION: 92385 -** A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at:
**CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT****: We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.**
* This is a non-bargaining unit position.
* Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
* Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm.
* May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of selection and annually from then on.
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, 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 may result in a "not qualified" determination.
******Rating:**Your application will be evaluated on the competencies of the position to be filled per the IRS Merit Promotion Plan in the following areas: **Customer Service, Decision Making, Influencing/Negotiating, Interpersonal Skills: Legal, Government and Jurisprudence, Oral Communication/Speaking, Organizational Awareness, Planning and Evaluating, Problem Solving, Reading, Reasoning, Tax Law and Practices, Teaches Others, Writing**. Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at Your rating may be lowered, if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
Referral:** You will be assigned to one of three quality groups. Each group represents a quality level (i.e., Superior/Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified). Candidates will be considered in quality group order. 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 (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices). We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.
If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the **Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)**, you must receive a score 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
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## 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 will 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 Resume Tips
**Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Documentation:**If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.
IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP):**You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.
**Performance Appraisal/Awards:**Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.
If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating.
Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.****
#### 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.
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## Benefits
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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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.
* How to Apply
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## 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 the closing date of this announcement**. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.
**Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at****-accommodation.html**** We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact Mike Waters at 801-620-7852**** if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.**
* **To begin,**either click the "Create a New Account" button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
* You will be re-directed to Treasury's CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN).** Also, go to "My Account" to view and update your information, as necessary.**
* **To complete**, you must click the "Submit Application" button located at the bottom of the "Application Review" page.
* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the **Application Status** link and then select the** more information** link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received.
* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click **Update Application** in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at **careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov** and/or the **USAJOBS Help Desk****.**
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### Agency contact information
### IRS Jobs Online Help Desk
##### Phone
866-743-5748 Option 1
##### Email
ctr.odn.emp2.area@irs.gov
##### Address
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
1973 N Rulon White Blvd
MS: 1530
Ogden, Utah
United States
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### Next steps
You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on "more information."
Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
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* Fair & Transparent
## Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
* An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
* An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
* Financial suitability
* Social security number request
* Privacy Act
* Signature and false statements
* Selective Service
* New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/501338200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 06/05/2018 to 06/18/2018
*Salary:* $121,280 to $164,200 per year
*Pay scale & grade:* GS 15
*Work schedule:* Full-time
*Appointment type:* Permanent

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