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Tax Law Specialist (12-Month Roster)

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  • Full Time
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March 8, 2024 Tax Law

Job Description

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Salary
  • $122,198 - $191,900/year
Conditions of Employment

STANDARD POSITION DESCRIPTIONS (SPD):
PD97643

Visit the IRS SPD Library to access the position descriptions.

  • Telework Eligible Positions: Telework eligible positions do not guarantee telework. Employees must meet and sustain IRS telework eligibility requirements (e.g., reporting at least twice a pay period to your assigned Post of Duty (POD)) and supervisor's approval to participate in the IRS Telework Program. Employees must also be within a 200-mile radius of their official assigned post-of-duty (POD) while in a telework status. As a reminder - If you are selected for a position, you are responsible for reporting to your designated POD (location) on the negotiated start date or as directed by management.
  • Obtain and use a government-issued charge card for business-related travel.

Qualifications

Federal experience is not required. 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-time work 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.

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-14:
You must have (1) one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the grade 13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience with application of tax law to transfer pricing projects, transactions, and controversies, including application of the Internal Revenue Code, corresponding Treasury Regulations, tax treaties, Court decisions and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines related to transfer pricing between US and foreign related parties including transfers of tangible and intangible property, high value services, asset valuations, and risk allocation; Applying auditing techniques to multiple, interrelated transfer pricing issues as listed above on large corporate returns. Performing research and analysis of transfer pricing issues; conducting various kinds of audit steps verifying taxpayers' economic structure, business practices and functions; reviewing and analyzing economic, financial, operational and tax data to determine the existence of a potential transfer pricing issue; performing analyses to determine and/or evaluate tax reporting of intercompany transactions; providing technical advice concerning transfer pricing issues on cases; providing advice and recommendations to other examiners within issue networks during workshops and other knowledge sharing forums. Experience preparing and delivering written and oral communications to explain and defend the Government's position related to transfer pricing; holding conferences with taxpayers, their representatives and others to present and discuss transfer pricing positions and analysis; Experience serving, where necessary, as a qualified witness for the government in litigation cases. Experience assisting on competent authority cases or advance pricing agreements; correlative adjustments, set offs, or commensurate with income; and experience with treaty partners such an exchange of Information (EOI), Joint Audit, or International Compliance Assurance Program (ICAP).

AND

MEET TIME IN GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT: You must meet applicable TIG requirements to be considered eligible. To meet TIG for positions above the GS-05 grade level, you must have served at least one year (52 weeks) at the next lower grade (or equivalent) in the normal line of progression for the position you are applying to. Advancement to positions up to GS-05 is permitted if the position to be filled is no more than two grades above the lowest grade held within the preceding 52 weeks.

AND

TIME AFTER COMPETITIVE APPOINTMENT: By the closing date (or if this is an open continuous announcement, by the cut-off date) specified in this job announcement, current civilian employees must have completed at least 90 days of federal civilian service since their latest non-temporary appointment from a competitive referral certificate, known as time after competitive appointment. For this requirement, a competitive appointment is one where you applied to and were appointed from an announcement open to "All US Citizens".

For more information on qualifications please refer to OPM's Qualifications Standards.

Duties

WHAT IS THE LBI: Large Business and InternationalDIVISION?
A description of the business units can be found at: https://www.jobs.irs.gov/about/who/business-divisions

Vacancies will be filled in the following specialty areas:
Large Business and International: Director Treaty and Transfer Pricing Operations

The following are the duties of this position at the full working level. If this vacancy includes more than one grade and you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Assists Examination Teams in planning, directing, and coordinating the examination of international transfer-pricing issues. The incumbent serves on a consulting basis for other Examination Specialists, International Examiners, Counsel Attorneys, Appeals Officers, and Revenue Agents assigned to a Coordinated Industry or Industry Examination regarding transfer-pricing issues and transactions. The incumbent may also be assigned to work closely with IRS Examination Teams on multiple examinations simultaneously.
  • Collaborates and coordinates with Examination Specialists, International Examiners, Counsel Attorneys, Appeals Officers, and Revenue Agents to leverage and expand international issue expertise throughout the IRS, and to ensure consistent application and interpretation of international tax law. The incumbent regularly participates in groups focused on international issues including, but not limited to, International Practice Networks (IPNs)
  • Participates in long-term projects involving the development of new auditing techniques, work practices, and training programs for Examination Specialists, International Examiners, Counsel Attorneys, Appeals Officers, and Revenue Agents. The incumbent develops and conducts training sessions and holds periodic meetings with IRS personnel at national and local office levels to review all matters relating to international transfer-pricing.
  • Performs research and analysis of tax issues involving economics, transfer pricing, and valuation related to specific taxpayers or across taxpayers and industries.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education A copy of your transcripts or equivalent documentation is required for positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If the position has specific education requirements and you currently hold, or have previously held, a position in the same job series with the IRS, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. Applicants are encouraged, but are not required, to submit an SF-50 documenting experience in a specific series. 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. FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click here for Foreign Education Credentialing instructions. Other Information

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Additional jobs may be filled.
  • The salary range indicated in this announcement reflects the minimum locality pay up to maximum locality pay for all duty locations listed. The range will be adjusted for selected duty location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages.
  • This is a Bargaining Unit position.
  • Tour of Duty: Day Shift - Start and stop times between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
  • Relocation expenses - None
  • Obtain and use a government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • Pay retention may be offered based on applicable laws and regulations.
  • If this position is covered by a formal development plan, pay retention will be offered where applicable based on law and regulation.
Remain in POD: The vacancy will be filled at the selectee's official permanent position of record, post of duty (POD).

Please consider each location carefully when applying. If you are selected for a position at one of your location selections, that location will become your official post of duty.

If the position(s) are no longer needed prior to the closing date, this announcement may be closed early.
This is an open continuous announcement which will be used to fill vacancies in the locations listed as they become available for the next 12 months contingent upon funding and space requirements. Applicants must apply and/or update their applications by 11:59 pm ET at the close of the following cutoff dates to be considered:

Cutoff date(s):
First: March 21, 2024
Second: June 21, 2024
Third: September 23, 2024
Final: December 23, 2024

This announcement may be amended to include additional cut-off dates within the 12-months period if needed, not later than 10 days prior to the additional cut-off date(s). Eligible applicants who apply by the initial cut-off date, will be referred in score order. If additional vacancies exist, remaining applicants will be considered in score order as needed. Selections from this announcement may be made no later than (NLT) March 21, 2025.

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. All application materials, including transcripts, must be in English.

  1. Resume - Your resume MUST contain dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or present). To ensure you receive full credit for relevant experience, include the hours worked per week. We recommend that your resume not exceed 5 pages. If including Federal service experience, you MUST provide the pay plan, series, and grade, i.e., GS-0301-09. If the pay plan, series, and grade are not provided, it may result in an ineligible determination.
    Your resume must NOT include photographs, classified or government sensitive information, social security number (SSN), encrypted/digitally signed documents, or other inappropriate material or content. If your resume contains prohibited information as listed above, your application will be determined ineligible, and you will not receive consideration for this position. (Cover letters are optional.) Please view Resume Tips.
    It is also recommended that your resume not include personal information such as age, gender, religion, race, disability, etc.
  2. Online Application - Questionnaire responses
  3. Education - See Education Section above
  4. Performance Appraisal/Awards - Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal. If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.
  5. Registration/License (if applicable) - active, current registration/license
  6. IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)(if applicable) - You MUST meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.
  7. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)(if applicable) - You MUST submit the required documentation as outlined at: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP). If you are an IRS CTAP eligible, you can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area. If you are a Treasury CTAP eligible can apply for jobs within the commuting area.
Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, your application will be determined incomplete, and you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

How to Apply

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 03/07/2025 and/or cut-off dates in this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on 03/07/2025.

To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12344034

  • To begin the application process, click the "Apply Online" button.
  • You will be re-directed to USASTAFFING to complete your application process; answer the online questions and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, import documents from USAJOBS to the appropriate document types. If the document you need was not imported from USAJOBS, you may upload it directly into this application. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN).
  • To complete, you must click the "Submit Application" button prior to 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/07/2025.
To update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period, return to your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login . All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

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