The Tax Division is looking for civil trial attorneys to join our team. Our attorneys have a passion for litigation; a deep interest in public service; and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Familiarity with tax law and the use of technology in organizing, developing, and presenting a case at trial is helpful, but not required.
The mission of the Tax Division is to enforce the country's internal revenue laws fully, fairly, and consistently. Attorneys in the Civil Trial Sections represent the United States in litigation in federal and state courts across the country. Tax Division cases involve a wide variety of substantive legal areas, including federal tax law, bankruptcy law, constitutional law, commercial and state property law, and civil penalties for failure to report foreign financial accounts. Tax cases also present many unique evidentiary, procedural, and jurisdictional issues.
The Tax Division is consistently ranked as “one of the best places to work” in government by the Partnership for Public Service. We seek to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflect the diversity of American society, and that foster the success of every employee by appreciating and building upon the skills, experiences, and uniqueness that each employee brings to the workplace.
We place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all interested eligible candidates, including attorneys of all ages from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, all sexual orientations and gender identities, political affiliations, marital or parental status, religious backgrounds, with or without disabilities, and with or without military service.
For more information about employment with the Tax Division, please see https://www.justice.gov/tax/about-division
Trial Attorneys in the Civil Trial Sections are the front-line litigators for the United States for tax disputes in federal district and bankruptcy courts and the Court of Federal Claims. The cases arise all over the United States, and significant travel is required of our attorneys for depositions, hearings, and trials. Most Trial Attorneys carry a docket that includes cases they are assigned to handle alone and others where they work as a member of a litigation team. In either case, our attorneys have front-line responsibility for taking and defending depositions, writing and arguing motions, working with fact and expert witnesses, and trying cases.
Because federal taxes are ubiquitous, our attorneys handle cases that touch all aspects of the American economy and involve litigants ranging from individuals and small businesses up to and including the largest corporations. Civil Trial Attorneys defend the United States in tax refund actions and bring affirmative suits to collect tax - cases that can involve complex underlying commercial transactions or require proof that the taxpayer made a fraudulent transfer of property. Our attorneys defend suits testing the constitutional validity of aspects of the Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations. They obtain injunctions against those who try to bilk the Treasury out of money by selling fraudulent tax shelter schemes or by preparing fraudulent tax returns for customers in order to fulfill a promise of a large refund. Our attorneys represent the United States in bankruptcy, receivership, and probate proceedings. And they handle many other miscellaneous matters touching on tax, like enforcing civil penalties for failure to timely report foreign financial accounts; defending IRS employees in Bivens suits; enforcing IRS' administrative summonses; or protecting the United States' immunity from local taxes.
Our civil trial attorneys must be able to work independently to develop their cases factually and legally. They must be willing to work collaboratively with the Internal Revenue Service, internal supervisors, and peers to present those cases in the most effective manner. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are essential.
Applicants must have:
- A strong interest in litigating civil cases in federal court;
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple matters concurrently;
- A strong interest in developing their litigation skills, in learning about and applying new technologies, and in remaining current on developments in the law;
- An academic background that demonstrates a commitment to producing professional work of a consistently outstanding caliber; and
- An ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
We strongly value persuasiveness, judgment, initiative, and teamwork. Familiarity with tax law and the use of technology in organizing, developing, and presenting a case at trial is helpful, but not required.
The Tax Division anticipates hiring civil litigators with varying levels of experience. Applicants must have at least 1 year of full-time post-J.D. legal experience by the date the application is submitted. We are also seeking to fill a limited number of positions for applicants with significant litigation experience. An ideal applicant in this category will have developed cases for trial, actively participated in trials or evidentiary hearings, briefed and argued motions, and negotiated settlements. The applicant should have substantial experience formulating or negotiating discovery plans; conducting and responding to written discovery; taking depositions, including depositions of experts; investigating facts (corporate, in-house, white collar, criminal investigations); working with fact and expert witnesses; preparing pleadings, motions and other court-filings; attending Rule 26 conferences; and dealing with E-discovery issues.
All applicants must possess a J.D. degree and must be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of any state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia.
Active bar membership (of any jurisdiction) is required.
Applicants who accept an offer of employment will be required to undergo a background check.
Attorneys selected for a position in the Tax Division must commit to working for the Tax Division for three years.
Although applicants who are not citizens of the United States but who meet certain criteria may be considered for employment, Department security requirements generally require that most employees be U.S. citizens, with limited exceptions. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens will need to be approved by the Department before they can be approved to enter on duty.
Applications must include:
- a cover letter;
- law school and any advanced degree transcripts;
- a list of three professional references; and
- a completed assessment questionnaire.
All documents should be provided in either PDF or MS Word format. The cover letter, which should not exceed two single-spaced pages, should describe how your background and qualifications make you well suited for the position as a Trial Attorney. Accordingly, you should specifically provide a description of prior litigation experience, and your interest in public service and the Tax Division in particular. If you don't include all of the documents we require, we may not be able to fully consider your application.
Applicants selected for further consideration will be required to submit a writing sample prior to an interview.
The Tax Division anticipates scheduling interviews for this position in June 2019. Selected applicants will start in the Summer or Fall of 2019, subject to successful completion of the pre-employment security process.
Applicants who previously applied to the Tax Division must reapply in order to be considered under this job announcement.
To apply for this position, you must apply online through USAJOBS. Please use the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530701400
Complete the assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section of the USAJOBS Vacancy Announcement.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
Applicants who are eligible for veterans' preference or consideration under a special hiring authority (such as programs for individuals with disabilities) must submit appropriate documentation demonstrating eligibility. Please see the description of required documentation in the application section at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/530701400
Department of Justice attorneys eligible for priority consideration under the Department's Reemployment Priority List Program must include notice to the Division of their eligibility in their application package.