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Tax Law Specialist

Internal Revenue Service
$69,107.00 - $145,617.00 / yr
United States, California, Fresno
January 20, 2024
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WHAT IS THE WAGE AND INVESTMENT (W&I) DIVISION?

A description of the business units can be found at:

Vacancies will be filled in the following specialty areas:

Individual and Specialty Forms and Publications Branch

Business, Exempt Organization & International Forms Publications Branch

The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If this vacancy includes more than one grade and you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and receive training to help you grow in this position.


  • Performs the full range of research, analysis on matters of tax law, in order to interpret Federal tax laws, regulations, congressional committee reports, revenue rulings and procedures, pending legislation, and translate into the most sensitive and complex tax forms, instructions, explanatory publications, and other materials to enable taxpayers to understand and meet their filing and other tax responsibilities.
  • Prepares drafts of new or revised material and presents to internal customers, through the Tax Forms Coordinating Committee (TFCC) and other venues, to assure that needs of internal customers are met, and to assure that the Federal tax laws are administered effectively. Meets with TFCC members and others, including front-line and other field assistance personnel, to seek reactions, address concerns, and coordinate the interests of the various Service organizational units. Often takes the lead during TFCC and planning meeting.
  • Reviews suggestions from taxpayers, tax practitioners, industry, public interest and other groups, and internal customers, regarding simplification, burden reduction, and other improvements to division products. Reviews results of focus groups, surveys, and other customer satisfaction measurement tools to address concerns raised.
  • Develops and implements simplification, paperwork reduction, and other improvements to division products. Recommends creation of additional products to reflect tax law, etc. chances, and to address previously unmet customer needs.
  • Provides assistance on tax law matters to other Service functions, including review of products dealing with tax law matters created by other functions.

Requirements
Conditions of Employment


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  • If you are in a telework eligible position, you may be directed to temporarily telework on a full-time basis due to COVID 19. Employees must be within a 200-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. Once normal operations resume, employees may be directed back to the office to perform the duties of their position. Telework eligibility does not guarantee telework; employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National and provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired U.S. Passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240))
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).


Qualifications
Federal experience is not required. The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-timework 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 meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement OR time of referral:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GRADE 11:

To be minimally qualified for the GS-11, you must meet the basic requirements. An LL.M degree with specialization in taxation. OR At least 1 year of legal, tax accounting, or other experience equivalent to the GS-9 level that demonstrated knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other areas related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Prepare, review, or apply rulings, advisory letters, memoranda, etc., related to Federal taxation. Analyze and adjudicate tax claims, appeals, settlement offers, or similar work related to Federal tax operations. Conduct legal research, analysis, and preparation of briefs or similar documents interpreting laws and regulations. Conduct work as an accountant, 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.

OR At least 1 year of combined graduate education and experience. When combining education and experience use the following formula to calculate the total amount. Part time work experience should be prorated. Formula using Semester hours: # Semester Hours completed divided by # of semester hours in a 3 year course of study as defined by your school + # of month's experience divided by 12 months. Example: 15 Semester hours of college (15/45 number of semester hours in a 3 year course of study and 6 months experience (6/12). .25 +.50 =.75. If your answer is one or more, you have the required combination.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GRADE 12:

To qualify for the grade 12 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 which is the next lower grade level of the normal line of progression of this position in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that is related to the work of this position and has provided you with the competencies required for successful job performance. Qualifying experience is 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, reviewing or drafting, 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 preparing briefs or similar documents that interpret laws and regulations. As an accountant, a tax preparer, a financial manager, auditor, or investigator conduct work that requires application of Federal tax accounting principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and related laws.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GRADE 13:

To qualify for the grade 13 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 which is the next lower grade level of the normal line of progression of this position in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience that is related to the work of this position and has provided you with the competencies required for successful job performance. Qualifying experience is 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, reviewing 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. As an accountant, a tax preparer, a financial manager, auditor, or investigator conduct work that requires application of Federal tax accounting principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and related laws.

For more information on qualifications please refer to .
Education

For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to .

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions.

Additional information

  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
  • This is a bargain unit position.
  • Tour of Duty: Day shift; Monday-Friday, Start and Stop times between 6:00am and 6:00pm
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.



This is an open continuous announcement which allows applicants to apply up to the closing date of the announcement, 02/05/2024 . This announcement will establish an inventory of applicants. Contingent upon funding and space requirements, one or more vacancies may be filled at the locations listed in this announcement as they come available.


  • 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. .

    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.



Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.



  1. Online Application - Questionnaire
  2. Education - See Education Section above
  3. Registration/License (If Applicable) - active, current registration/license
  4. Military Spouses (If Applicable) - You MUST submit verification of the marriage to the service member(i.e., a marriage license or other legal documentation verifying marriage) AND (1) a copy of your spouse's active military orders; OR (2) verification of your spouse's 100% service-connected disability (e.g., VA Letter and/or DD-214); OR (3) verification of the service member's death while on active duty (DD-1300/Death Certificate). You are not eligible if you were not married to the veteran at the time of death or have since remarried.
  5. Current and Former Federal Employees Documentation (If Applicable) - You MUST submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent personnel action form which shows your current grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 reflects "1" and your "tenure" block reflects "1" or "2".) If you are applying for a higher grade, it is recommended to provide an SF-50(s) (or equivalent) which clearly demonstrates you meet the 52-week time-in-grade requirement (e.g., Promotion with an effective date more than one (1) year old, Within-Grade-Increase at the highest grade held).
  6. High School Diploma (or equivalent) - If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you MUST submit documentation of graduation from high school (or equivalent); OR completion of a formal vocational training program; OR statement from school authorities agreeing with your decision to pursue employment rather than continuing your education.


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).
How to Apply

This Direct Hire Public Notice is to gather applications that may or may not result in a referral or selection. Your application will remain active through the open period of this Public Notice. Applicants will be referred on a first in, first out basis. Those applicants who are applying earlier in the process will stand a much better chance of being referred for consideration in the selection process.

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 02/05/2024 in 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 02/05/2024.
To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link:


  • To begin the application process, click the "Apply Online" button.
  • You will be re-directed to USA STAFFING to complete your application process; answer the online questions and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, import documents from USAJOBS to the appropriate document types. If the document you need was not imported from USAJOBS, you may upload it directly into this application. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN).
  • To complete, you must click the "Submit Application" button prior to 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/05/2024.


To update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period, return to your USAJOBS account (). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: . All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: .
Agency contact information

IRS Memphis External

Email
Address

WI - CARE-Customer Assistance, Relationship and Education

1111 Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC 20224

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Next steps

Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at . We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Once your application package and online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email. You are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you. 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. If your email mailbox is full or blocked (SPAM) you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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