Tax Legislative Counsel

Treasury, Departmental Offices
04 Nov 2018
23 Nov 2018
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Contract type
Full time
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## Duties

### Summary

The Tax Legislative Counsel serves as the principal legal adviser to the Assistant Secretary (Tax Policy) and the Secretary of the Treasury with regard to Federal taxation, including tax legislation, the development and promulgation of administrative guidance, and the development and implementation of domestic Federal tax policy.

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### Responsibilities

1. Legislation: Identifies provisions of the Internal Revenue Code requiring revision, amendment, simplification, or expansion in order to implement the Administration?s tax policies. Works with Congress in the drafting of tax legislation and committee reports, clarifying legal issues and explaining the Department?s views. Reviews legislative proposals referred to the Department for analysis. Prepares analyses, reports, testimony, and other information in support of the Department?s legislative agenda, including development of proposals for consideration as part of the Administration?s Budget. Presents and promotes the Department?s positions with respect to such legislation in testimony before the Congress and in meetings with and speeches before interested general public and tax practitioners.

2. Administrative Guidance: Identifies provisions of the Internal Revenue Code requiring administrative guidance. Maintains liaison with the Internal Revenue Service to clarify legal and policy issues and explain the Department?s policy positions. Reviews and revises administrative guidance projects, including regulations and revenue rulings, to ensure they are of the highest quality, reflect sound tax policy, and are consistent with the Department?s policies. Provides legal analysis of tax law and regulations, making recommendations for revisions to reflect the Department?s policies. Presents and promotes the Department?s administrative guidance projects to the Congress, stakeholders, general public, and tax practitioners.

3. Liaison: Meets with senior officials of the Treasury and other agencies, Congress, State and local governments, taxpayer and legal associations and interest groups, and interested taxpayers and tax practitioners to represent and promote the Department?s view on tax legislation, administrative guidance, and other tax policy matters. Works closely with Treasury?s Offices of the General Counsel, Legislative Affairs, and Public Affairs to develop, promote, and implement the Department?s tax policies. Provides expert testimony, briefings, and information to the Congress, OMB, CBO, the White House, the IRS, and Departmental officials regarding the Office?s tax policies, legislative and administrative guidance projects, and the operation and administration of the Office.

4. Counsel: Reviews bills and other documents and materials received by the Secretary and the Office of Tax Policy relating to issues of Federal taxation and requiring the attention of senior Treasury officials. Performs related advisory duties and engages in analytical studies, reports, and briefings, and provides related advice and counsel to the senior Treasury officials.

5. Executive Direction: Manages the work of the Office of the Tax Legislative Counsel relating to the foregoing. Develops and implements specific legislative and administrative guidance projects relating to the foregoing. Researches, develops and implements operational and performance improvements to more effectively utilize the resources of the Office of Tax Policy.

### Travel Required

Not required

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## Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

* All U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals.
* Financial disclosure is required.
* Probationary period of 1 Year is required.
* Must have graduated from an accredited law school.
* Must be an active member in good standing of a state or D.C. bar.
* Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance.


### Qualifications

Candidates are strongly encouraged to address each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) separately. Candidates who choose not to address both the ECQs and MTQs separately will not be disqualified; but must ensure their resume addresses each sufficient for evaluation.

Please provide examples that are clear and concise, and emphasize your level of responsibility, the scope and complexity of programs you managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and the level of your contacts. All qualified candidates will be evaluated on the relevance of their experience, education, training, self–development, honors, awards, and outside activities. Applicants must possess the specialized experience as specified to qualify for this position. You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

**EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs)**: The ECQs describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in executive–level positions and are in addition to the specific technical qualifications listed above. Additional information is available at ECQs.

**ECQ 1 – Leading Change** – The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, and vision.

**ECQ 2 – Leading People** – The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, and team building.

**ECQ 3 – Results Driven** – The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high–quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, and technical credibility.

**ECQ 4 – Business Acumen** – The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Competencies: financial management, human capital management, and technology management.

**ECQ 5 – Building Coalitions** – The ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private–sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

**MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs)**: The MTQs describe the necessary technical knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to show clearly that the candidate possesses the required professional and technical qualifications and core qualifications set forth below.

**MTQ 1 –** Diversified legal experience dealing with highly complex issues in the field of domestic federal taxation and related matters.

**MTQ 2** – Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process, including the administrative guidance process, applicable to the Internal Revenue Code.

**MTQ 3** – A comprehensive and in–depth knowledge of federal taxation with specialization in domestic taxation issues such as corporate income taxes, pass–through, or individual income tax issues, and outstanding ability to analyze benefits issues from a tax policy, economic policy, and general public policy standpoint, including knowledge of the requirements applicable to implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

**MTQ 4 – **A comprehensive understanding of the functions of the Office of the Tax Legislative Counsel and its relationship to other offices within Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service and other Federal agencies.

**MTQ 5– **Achievement of significant professional recognition and standing within the tax community. Evidence of outside professional activities, such as publications, speaking engagements, teaching, or substantial contributions to tax associations or similar groups.

### Education

Must be an active member in good standing of a state or D.C. bar.

Must have a graduated from an accredited law school.

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