The Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, the largest tax law firm in the country, is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team and gain valuable experience in a legal environment. The Office of Chief Counsel’s mission is to serve America’s taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. It’s a great place to work!
The Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (National Taxpayer Advocate Program) serves as the executive for the National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) organization. As such, he/she is responsible for managing, directing and providing legal advice for programs and services related to the mission of the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, known as the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) (see Internal Revenue Code section 7803(c)). He/she is responsible for the coordination of all legal services provided to the NTA and the NTA’s headquarters employees, and for reviewing, elevating, and coordinating, if requested by TAS, legal advice provided by field Chief Counsel offices to field TAS offices. The Office of the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (National Taxpayer Advocate Program) is also responsible for consulting with and advising the NTA about legislative proposals, the issuance of Counsel guidance, including regulations and other advice that impacts areas of interest to the NTA and for assisting with the review of any legal matters included in either of the NTA’s reports to Congress required by section 7803(c). As the Office’s recognized expert on all issues involving the Taxpayer Advocate Service and taxpayer rights, the incumbent serves as the chief legal advisor to the Chief Counsel, the NTA and TAS, and other IRS officials on all issues involving the development, interpretation and application of Internal Revenue Code sections 7803(a)(3), 7803(c), 7526, and 7811, related off-Code provisions, and any future related Code or off-Code provisions. He/she is responsible for directing the development of legislation, regulations, rulings and advisory opinions on these areas, as well as the coordination of litigation matters, when appropriate.
- Serves as Chief Counsel’s principal representative in coordinating the delivery of legal services to the NTA and the NTA’s headquarters employees. Monitors activities of Counsel’s field and National Office functions to ensure services are timely, of high quality, and responsive to the needs of the NTA and the NTA’s headquarters staff, and/or TAS field personnel, as appropriate. Works with Counsel staff, as needed, on a case, or office, basis to improve service. Alerts the Chief Counsel to any systemic organizational impediments, and makes recommendations for effecting program improvements.
- Serves as central point of contact for all questions/issues relating to Counsel’s role in providing legal support to the NTA and TAS. Directs request for assistance and provides liaison support, when needed, to facilitate the process of the NTA’s requests for legal advice from the National Office. Reviews, elevates, and coordinates legal advice issued to local TAS offices from field Counsel offices if so requested by TAS. Serves as link with Counsel staff to advise of any concern expressed by the NTA. Where possible, works with the NTA and/or Counsel staff to address controversial, or problematic, program issues.
- Coordinates the Service’s position in litigation with the Associate and Division Counsels, the Service, and DOJ in areas within the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel’s jurisdiction. Makes Appeal and settlement recommendations and prepares other documents setting out the Service’s position in such cases.
- Coordinates the resolution of cases and other matters where the subject matter is within the jurisdiction of the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel’s. Works with the Service, Division Commissioners, Associate and Division Counsels, the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate including the NTA, and other components of the Service as applicable.
- Advises DOJ as to the facts and legal positions of the Service in matters within his/her jurisdiction; prepares recommendations concerning defense, settlement, appeal, or certiorari; and coordinates other matters with DOJ as required.
- Processes or coordinates, as appropriate, petitions and complaints, briefs, actions on decision, and other matters with the Associate and Division Counsel.
- Advises the Chief Counsel on short and long range program objectives, and the legal services needed to support the mission and function of the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate. Makes recommendations to the Chief Counsel on staffing and other resource allocations.
- Provides oversight of the technical issues and management areas under the jurisdiction of this office or involving the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate or taxpayer rights. Exercises full authority over a staff of GS-15 attorneys and support personnel. Assigns and reviews work, and evaluates employee performance. Proposes/effects disciplinary action(s) when appropriate. Provides management, budget, personnel, and other support and ensures requirements in the areas of professionalism, ethics, UNAX, EEO, etc. are met by subordinates.
Occasional travel – Travel may be required.