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General Attorney (Tax) - Qualified Plans Branch

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

in Washington DC / Telecommute

Internal Revenue Service [IRS]

Open & closing dates: 05/13/2020 to 06/03/2020

Pay scale & grade: GS 13 - 14

Salary: $102,663 to $157,709 per year

Several vacancies in Washington DC

Telework eligible? Yes as determined by agency policy

Duties

Summary
Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, the largest tax law firm in the country, 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.

Responsibilities

Chief Counsel attorneys provide top quality legal advice and representation to the IRS in the administration of the nation's tax laws.  With the Internal Revenue Service as its client and 1500 attorneys on staff, the Office of Chief Counsel is the preeminent employer for tax attorneys in the country.  Our attorneys are valued assets and the legal experience provided by Chief Counsel is unlike any other. Associate Chief Counsel (Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations and Employment Taxes) provides legal advice and litigation support services on tax matters involving employee retirement plans, exempt organizations, employment tax, executive compensation, health and welfare benefits, and certain federal, state, local and Indian Tribal government issues to a wide variety of internal and external customers and clients.  We are seeking to fill one or more positions in the Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations and Employment Taxes (EEE) business unit who have experience with qualified retirement plans, and an interest in the federal tax issues related to qualified retirement plans.

The following are the duties of this position at theGS-14 level. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

You will handle all aspects related to professional legal work involving one or more of the following areas:

Qualified Retirement Plans - §§ 401-436 - qualification rules for qualified retirement plans; § 403(b) - certain employee annuity plans; §§ 408 and 408A – individual retirement arrangements (IRAs) and Roth IRAs; § 457(b) – certain eligible deferred compensation plans; § 414(d) – governmental plans; § 414(e) - church plans; § 501(a) - exemption from tax for qualified retirement plan trusts; § 72 – taxation of distributions from qualified retirement plans; § 3405 – withholding and rollover rules for distributions from qualified retirement plans; §§ 4971, 4972, 4980, 4980F – penalties and excise taxes related to qualified retirement plan failures.

Travel Required: Occasional travel - Some travel may be Required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment:

  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

Your application must include 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.

Qualifications

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

For GS-13:

Possess a J.D. and 1 year of general legal experience, plus 1 year of legal tax experience (1 year of legal tax experience must have been comparable to the GS-12 level) Or an LL.M. plus 1 year of legal tax experience (1 year of legal tax experience must have been comparable to the GS-12 level).

Specialized Experience: In addition, the legal tax experience must have included experience working with federal taxation of qualified retirement plans to include research and evaluation of legal questions.

For GS-14:

Possess a J.D. and 1 year of general legal experience, plus 2 years of legal tax experience (1 year of legal tax experience must have been comparable to the GS-13 level) Or an LL.M. plus 2 years of legal tax experience (1 year of legal tax experience must have been comparable to the GS-13 level).

Specialized Experience: In addition, the legal tax experience must have included experience working on the basic concepts underlying the federal taxation of qualified retirement plans (including familiarity with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)). The professional tax experience must include handling of sophisticated legal issues and interpretations related to qualified retirement plans.

PLEASE NOTE: The J.D. and/or the LL.M must be from an ABA-accredited law school.

  • Candidates must be admitted to practice law before the highest court of a state or territory of the United States; the District of Columbia; or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and be an active member by the closing date of the announcement.
  • The professional legal experience may have been gained in the public sector or private sector.
  • One year of experience refers to full-time work after admittance to the Bar; 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

You must have graduated with a J.D. and/or the LL.M from an ABA-accredited law school.

How to Apply

The text above consists of excerpts of a job posting currently online at USAJOBS.gov, which is operated by the federal government. Much of the information that has been omitted is critically important to a candidate, such as the complete application instructions, qualification requirements, and required documents, so the candidate should see the full text of the USAJOBS.gov job posting for the remaining necessary information, at:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/568188200


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