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General Attorney (Tax) - Health and Welfare 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 14

Salary: $121,316 to $157,709 per year

Two vacancies in Washington DC

Telework eligible? Yes as determined by agency policy


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.


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 in employer-sponsored health and welfare plans, and an interest in the federal tax issues related to employer-sponsored health and welfare 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:

Health and Welfare Benefits - § 79 - group term life insurance; § 104 - compensation for injuries and sickness (except § 104(a)(2)); § 105 - accident and health plans; § 106 -employer provided coverage under accident or health plans; § 125 - cafeteria plans; § 129 - dependent care assistance programs; § 223 - health savings accounts; §§ 419 and 419A - funded welfare benefit plans; § 501(c)(9) - voluntary employee beneficiary associations (VEBAs); § 4980B - continuation coverage requirements of group health plans (COBRA); § 4980H - employer shared responsibility provisions; § 4980I - excise tax on high cost employer sponsored health coverage; § 6056 - employer health care information reporting; §§ 9801 through 9833 - HIPAA and related health care benefit provisions.

Travel Required: Occasional travel - Some travel may be Required


Conditions of Employment:

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

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.


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

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 various employer-sponsored health and welfare 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 employer-sponsored health and welfare 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.


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

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