WHAT IS THE WAGE & INVESTMENT DIVISION? 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.
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WHAT IS THE WAGE & INVESTMENT DIVISION? The Wage & Investment Division (W&I) serves about 122 million taxpayers who file upwards of 94 million returns each year. W&I provides high-quality taxpayer assistance, and enable taxpayers to transact and communicate electronically to file their returns and make payments.
WHAT DOES AN 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 MSB function, they provide expert advice on a range of corporate tax issues or may be specialists in international tax law.
As a Tax Law Specialist, you will:
Review proposed and final drafts of technical tax material to insure technical accuracy, reliability, and consistency.
Provide expert technical advice and prepare background information documents relating to the cause of problems.
Research and analyze proposed and current legislation for technical content, feasibility of incorporation into taxpayer information publications, and administrability of conversion into forms and instructions.
Research material, including tax treaties, judicial and administrative decisions, revenue rulings and revenue procedures, and requests, develop implementation plans and complexity analyses.
Coordinate to ensure technical content is accurate, reflects current tax law and ensure that products are logically arranged and written in clear, easy to understand language.
Maintain current awareness of changes in the tax law, regulations, rulings, administrative decisions, and determine the effect on tax products.
Prepare announcements and news releases with respect to tax forms, instructions, publications, and related technical materials.
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.
Occasional travel - 1 to 5 Nights per Month
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0987 Tax Law Specialist
Conditions of Employment
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Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
BILINGUAL POSITIONS ONLY:
This is a bilingual position. Applicants will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English and Vietnamese. You must be able to speak, read and write the selected language in order to be considered proficient in that language. If you indicate language proficiency, you may be tested at some point in the hiring process to determine if you possess the required level of proficiency. If you are unable to demonstrate proficiency, you will not be qualified for these positions.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: demonstrated legal, tax accounting, or other experience that required knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other areas related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying experience include: Preparing, reviewing, or applying rulings, advisory letters, memoranda, etc. related to Federal taxation. Analyzing and adjudicating tax claims, appeals, settlement offers, or similar work related to Federal tax operations. Work as an attorney that required legal research, analysis, and preparation of briefs or similar documents interpreting laws and regulations. Work as an accountant, auditor, or investigator that required application of Federal tax accounting principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and related laws. In addition, your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the following: Expert knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, revenue rulings, and revenue procedures to convert these into clear concise, logically arranged, well written and easy to understand explanatory material such as tax forms, instructions, and worksheets; Expert knowledge of accounting methods, principles, techniques and practices to interpret and resolve problems; In-depth knowledge of technical tax law, research techniques that include using on-line and paper methods to perform research and analysis; Knowledge of the latest advances in learning theory and cognitive thinking, as they apply to the writing, design, and presentation of materials; Knowledge and skill in printing and design techniques, computer specifications and programming requirements of Standard Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML) or other designated electronic composition and publishing system to develop and implement improvements.
- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. 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.
In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:
You must have been at the GS-13 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).
One (1) position located in Wage & Investment, Linguistic Policy, Tools and Services Section to be filled in one of the following locations: Washington, DC (DC0022); Lanham-Seabrook, MD (MD0278); Fresno, CA (CA4554); Austin, TX (TX2038); Austin, TX (TX0227); Atlanta, GA (GS0087); Chamblee, GA (GA1016); Bloomington, IL (IL2525); Detroit, MI (MI0800); Farmers Branch, TX (TX0302); Kansas City, MO (MO1937); Ogden, UT (UT0036); Richmond, VA (VA0088); Sacramento, CA (CA6139); Houston, TX (TX0298); Houston TX (TX2298); Houston, TX (TX0297); Los Angeles, CA (CA0150); Los Angeles, CA (CA0198); San Francisco, CA (CA0154) OR Florence, KY (KY2020).
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CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
This is a bargaining unit position.
We offer opportunities for telework.
We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
1-year probationary period is required.
Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
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.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.
Tour of Duty:
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements.
Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
Candidates are required to speak, read and write Vietnamese.
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.
Your application will be evaluated 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, and Writing. Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, C= Qualified) depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to this position. 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.
Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category for this position, except at the GS-09 and above.
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 Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of category B or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your 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. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs both within and outside the commuting area.
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 Department of Education Accreditation page. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.
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.
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.
Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. 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.
Access to 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 employer-matching contributions.
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Pay and benefits
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.
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
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U.S. Citizens or Nationals