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 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. 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 to foster the success of every employee by valuing and building upon the unique skills and experiences that each individual 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/aboutdivision
The Tax Division is looking for Trial Attorneys to join the Civil Trial Sections. 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. Our attorneys have a passion for litigation; a deep interest in public service; and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. Trial Attorneys are each responsible for a range of cases, including matters they 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. The cases arise all over the United States.
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. Trial Attorneys defend the United States in tax refund actions and bring affirmative suits to collect tax - cases that can involve complex 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.
We seek to hire approximately five attorneys with a range of experience. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply. If you applied previously to the Tax Division and would like to be considered under this announcement, please submit a new application as indicated below.
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.
Applicants must have at least 1 year of full-time post-J.D. legal experience by the closing date of this announcement.
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 that does not exceed two single-spaced pages and describes your interest in the civil work of the Tax Division and how your background and qualifications make you well suited for the position as a Trial Attorney;
- law school and any advanced degree transcripts;
- a list of three professional references; and
- a completed assessment questionnaire.
The assessment questionnaire is completed online as part of the application process.
All documents should be provided in either PDF or MS Word format. 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.
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/573997200
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/573997200
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.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.