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Trial Attorney

Hiring Organization
Tax Division (TAX)
Hiring Office
Office of Review, Tax Division
Job ID
TAX-ATTOR-23-RC-23
Location:
1275 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

Join one of the best places to work in the federal government-the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice! The Department of Justice ranked 15th among large government agencies, the Tax Division ranked as the #2 organization in the Department of Justice and the 25th highest out of 432 subcomponent agencies throughout the Government, according to Partnership for Public Service's 2022 "Best Places to Work." Tax Division employees consistently report feeling motivated, respected and listened to, a sense of personal accomplishment, and a belief that they use their talents at work. If you are looking for a place where you can develop and apply your skills to work with a significant purpose and mission, the Tax Division might be the right place for you.

The mission of the Tax Division is to enforce the nation's internal revenue laws fully, fairly, and consistently, through both criminal and civil litigation, in order to promote voluntary compliance with the tax laws, maintain public confidence in the integrity of the tax system, and promote the sound development of the law. Attorneys in the Tax Division represent the United States in litigation in federal and state courts across the country.

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.

The Office of Review evaluates settlement offers in the most complex and monetarily significant cases handled by the Division. It also collaborates with the Division's Civil Sections in negotiating settlement proposals in light of litigating potential and policy considerations, and works with Trial Sections and IRS Chief Counsel to develop strategies for mediation and settlement conferences. The Office of Review takes final action on settlements within its authority and advises the Assistant Attorney General on settlements that require final action at a higher level. The Office of Review also assists in resolving disagreements between litigating sections and the IRS, so that the positions of the Division and the IRS remain consistent. Settlement offers in the Office of Review cover a wide variety of civil tax issues under the internal revenue laws and related federal statutes, involving litigants ranging from individuals and small businesses up to an including the largest corporations.

 

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

 

ATTENTION: This vacancy has been extended until Wednesday, July 19, 2023.

The Tax Division is looking for a Trial Attorney to join the Office of Review.  All applicants should have a passion for litigation; a deep interest in public service; and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently. A strong expertise in substantive tax law and the ability to use technology to review documentation compiled in cases in litigation are required.

Trial Attorneys in the Office of Review have a significant amount of responsibility and work in a collegial environment with experienced litigators. They review settlement offers in cases developed by trial attorneys in the civil trial sections in tax disputes in federal district and bankruptcy courts, the Court of Federal Claims, in circuit courts of appeal, and cases in state courts. The cases arise all over the United States, but travel is generally not required. They evaluate and determine whether the settlement offers correctly represent the factual and legal litigation risks present in the case. They prepare comprehensive memoranda detailing their conclusions and make a recommendation whether to accept or reject the settlement offers.

Attorneys selected for a position in the Tax Division must commit to working for the Tax Division for three years. You also will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form within thirty (30) days of entering into the position. This information must be reported annually.

Qualifications

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • You must have at least five (5) years post-J.D. litigation experience, involving a wide variety of substantive tax issues such as federal individual income tax, partnership tax, corporate tax, estate and gift tax, trust tax, employment tax, and international taxation. Also experience in issues such as transfer pricing, accounting methods, tax issues in bankruptcy, federal tax liens, transferee liability, statutes of limitation, and sovereign immunity. A thorough knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, and Internal Revenue Service guidance is required.
  • A demonstrated record of analyzing complex legal problems;
  • The ability to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Able to identify, distill, and explain complex issues;
  • Excellent academic credentials;
  • Outstanding legal research skills;
  • Outstanding judgment demonstrated by the ability to weigh complex information and reach informed conclusions;
  • Outstanding organizational skills and experience with managing competing deadlines across multiple cases;
  • A commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards;
  • Experience in tax litigation, either by directly handling court cases as the attorney of record or providing support to others handling court cases; and
  • Able to function with minimal guidance in a demanding legal environment.

Further, an applicant must have a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Desirable Qualifications: In addition to the required qualifications listed above, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience in performing complex tax and interest computations.
  • Experience interpreting or applying provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and/or the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and related laws, rules, and regulations that arise in tax and bankruptcy cases, or other complex legal statutes, rules, and regulations;
  • Experience working with document management software to review discovery productions (e.g., Relativity or Everlaw); and
  • Experience working with or for federal agencies.
Application Process

To apply for this position, you must apply through USAJOBS.  Please use the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/732574900

Applications must include:

  • a cover letter;
  • resume;
  • law school and any advanced degree transcripts
  • a list of three professional references; and
  • a completed assessment questionnaire.
  • most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or equivalent agency form (if applying from outside the Tax Division)
    • Do not submit a pay adjustment or an award SF-50, these do not contain sufficient information about your appointment.
    • Your SF-50 should list the full position title, series, grade and step, organization, duty location, service computation date, effective date, and your service type and tenure status.
  • most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute.

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, taking into account the Qualifications described in the advertisement. You should specifically provide a description of prior litigation experience and your interest in public service.

If you don't include all of the documents we require, we may not be able to fully consider your application.

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. In order to verify Veterans' Preference entitlement, please submit the Member copy 4 of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty; official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty; or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions. In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

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.

The Tax Division is also advertising for trial attorneys for the Civil Trial Sections and Criminal Enforcement Sections Individuals, interested in applying for the Civil Trial Sections and Criminal Enforcement Sections must submit an application to those announcements.

Salary

Positions may be filled at the GS-14 & GS-15 level.

Number of Positions
1
Travel
Some travel may be required.
Relocation Expenses
Relocation expenses are not authorized.

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated June 27, 2023