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    Job Title: TAX LAW SPECIALIST GS-0987-13

    Department: Department of the Treasury

    Agency: Internal Revenue Service

    Sub Agency: Internal Revenue Service

    Job Announcement Number: 11AN1-LBX0024-0987-13


    $86,575.00 – $115,742.00 /year


    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 to Monday, August 29, 2011




    Full-Time Permanent




    few vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area, DC; few vacancies – Plantation, FL




    At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today’s global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world.

    Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

    The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world’s most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.

    If you are interested in a challenging career with excellent benefits, training, and strong growth potential, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Tax Law Specialist.

    Participates in numerous and varying activities relating to the negotiation, implementation, and administration of tax conventions and other international tax agreements to which the United States is a party, and legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures impacting thereon.

    The Large Business and International (LB&I) business unit provides service and enforcement activities to support tax compliance of businesses and related entities with assets of $10 million or more, as well as small U.S. businesses engaged in international, U.S. citizens abroad, and foreign persons and businesses with a U.S. tax requirement. As our name suggests, international tax administration is an important part of what we do in LB&I. As part of the LB&I team, you may be assigned to work in International, or with one of six industry segments: Communications Technology and Media, Financial Services, Global High Wealth, Heavy Manufacturing and Transportation, Natural Resources and Construction, or Retailers, Food, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare. Regardless of where you serve, you will be supported by a variety of specialists (economists, engineers, field specialists and technical advisors) as you tackle the most complex foreign and domestic tax issues.

    These positions are located in the International Business Unit in Washington, DC and/or Plantation, FL.

    If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at


    • Please click “Print Preview” to review the announcement before applying.
    • Travel may be required.
    • Moving expenses are not authorized.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    few vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area, DC; few vacancies – Plantation, FL

    As an Tax Law Specialist you will:

    • Performs reviews of assigned Exchange of Information (EOI) cases, defining and obtaining requested information, prepares EOI requests for information for the EOI manager’s review and signature. Performs any required research, follow-ups and/or reports to be sent to the IRS office or foreign government official office. Maintains inventory controls, historical case files, and administrative reports.
    • Maintains liaison contacts with personnel of foreign government offices to obtain needed information not available through public information sources, or to identify key persons with whom the EOI Manager should meet to obtain necessary information.
    • Reviews responses received from IRS offices and foreign governments on assigned EOI cases, and prepares appropriate letters and closing documents for the EOI manager’s review and signature.
    • As directed by the EOI manager, prepares drafts of summons for records needed from banks, other financial institutions, and corporations in the U.S.
    • Provides advice, counsel, assistance, and guidance to taxpayers and employees, the incumbent makes legal determinations applying applicable provisions of the tax law in LMSB Programs.
    • Reviews and assists with development of many means of communication and educational products such as flyers, brochures, web pages, etc. Assists in providing instructions to staff, practitioner groups, and other stakeholders in tax law.
    • Develops and administers assigned phases of planning, formulating, and executing various programs, i.e., Exchange of Information (EOI) Program, Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) Program, and the Compliance function Customer Service Program. As a Tax Law Specialist, the incumbent reviews cases for technical issues involving international organizations tax law, and applicable tax treaties. Assignments involve highly unusual features, novel problems, and extremely delicate considerations with great policy and setting precedents.
    • Analyzes data and develops means of communication from this data to improve taxpayer compliance and understanding tax laws.
    • Advises staff on various alternatives available to resolve the most sensitive, difficult, and complex taxpayer contacts and correspondence.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    You must meet one or more of the following basic requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    To be minimally qualified for the GS-13, you must meet the basic requirements below.

    To qualify for this position 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.
    •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.




    1. Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. 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 for this position. Tips for preparing your resume and cover letter can be found by clicking here for resume tips or here for cover letter tips.
    2. If you are eligible and qualified, your application (resume and any other information submitted) will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts to assess your possession of the following competencies:

      1. Knowledge of and understanding of Internal Revenue Code and related laws, regulations and precedent rulings, including the provisions of tax treaties and related agreements.

      2. Ability to apply program/project management principles, techniques, and practices to effectively manage the achievement of the Exchange of Information program or project goals and objectives.

      3. Knowledge of tax treaties and tax treaties and exchange of information provisions with treaty partners as well as tax laws of treaty partner countries, governmental structures and generally accepted business practices of treaty partner countries.

      4. Ability to effectively represent and express the views and policies of executives, including drafting white papers, reports, and technical guidance, and making presentations to a variety of audiences.

      You will be tentatively assigned to a category group (A, B, C, etc.) based on the results of the panel. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, etc.). Candidates will be considered in category group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their information provided in resumes and will referred for selection before non-preference eligibles within the same category. Applicants are “tentatively” assigned to a category group pending qualifications validation.

    3. Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position, applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

    To preview questions please click here.

    Benefits and Other Info


    We offer a workplace that values people. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. The IRS will help you reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and family needs. Our benefits package includes:

    • Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards;
    • Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year; applicants with prior federal service may have varying benefits;
    • Access to comprehensive vision, dental, life and long-term care insurance programs that may be continued after you retire;
    • A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums;
    • A retirement program which includes a life-time annuity, a 401 (k) type plan with employer-matching contributions for eligible employees and potential Social Security benefits.
    • Learn more about Federal benefits programs at:


    If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Judy Harnden at (978) 474-9460. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

    If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
    • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 (; one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
    • A pre-employment federal income tax verification.
    • Federal law requires verification of identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification) and may provide information from your Form I-9 to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and/or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to secure a work authorization. You will receive written instructions and contact information for SSA and DHS if this information can not be confirmed.

    How To Apply


    The application process has 6 STEPS.
    STEP 1: Create a “MY Account” at:
    STEP 2: Develop a resume using the “Resume Builder” or upload your resume.
    STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to , copy and enter the announcement number 11AN1-LBX0024-0987-13 in the key word search field. Select “Yes”, if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click “Search for Jobs.” Click “Apply Online” on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click “Apply for this position now!”
    STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click “Apply to this Vacancy”.
    STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.
    STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click “Finish” at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application.


    1. Log into My USAJOBS at with your user name and password.
    2. Click on “Application Status”.
    3. Click “more information” under the “Application Status” column of the announcement.
    4. Click “Review and Update your documents if needed”, on the “Application Detail” page.
    5. Select “Upload”, “USAJOBS”, “Fax”, or “Reuse existing document” for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.
    6. Click “Finish” to save this change.


    Submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of the courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion. An official transcript may be required if you are selected for a position. A college or university degree must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) institution and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information refer to
    Any foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. We require proof of this evaluation. Information is available at:

    If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Applicants who qualify for Ten-point preference must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, Standard Form (SF)-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans’ preference, Click Here.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For more information about eligibility and required documents, click here.



    Lisa Palombi
    Phone: 267-941-1704 option 6
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    Internal Revenue Service
    2970 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    You can expect a communication from us concerning your application via email. 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 communications that could affect your consideration for this position. If your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement, please notify the Employment Office (contact provided in this announcement) and update your USAJOBS profile.

    You can check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto your “My USAJOBS” account and clicking on “My Applications”.

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