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Grade: 11

To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.
A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level that demonstrated legal, tax accounting, or other experience that required knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other areas related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:
  • Preparing, reviewing, or applying rulings, advisory letters, memoranda, etc. related to Federal taxation.
  • Analyzing and adjudicating tax claims, appeals, settlement offers, or similar work related to Federal tax operations.
  • Work as an attorney that required legal research, analysis, and preparation of briefs or similar documents interpreting laws and regulations.
  • Work as an accountant, auditor, or investigator that required application of Federal tax accounting principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and related laws.
  • B. LL.M. degree with specialization in taxation. OR
    C. A combination of qualifying graduate education and experience as described above.
    1 Which of the following is true about your education and/or experience? Answer to this question is required
    • I have at least one year of specialized experience as described above.
    • LL.M degree with specialization in taxation.
    • I have a combination or graduate education and experience equivalent to that described above.
    • I have none of the above.
    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Under merit promotion procedures, Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. Time is credited based on calendar time served in a grade, regardless of the number of days or hours worked. If you currently hold or have previously held a position at the same (or equivalent) or higher grade/level in the Federal government as of this announcement, you will meet the TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS.
    2 Please select the response that best describes your time in grade. Answer to this question is required
    • I have served one year at the next lower grade of the position for which I am applying.
    • I currently occupy a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
    • I have previously occupied a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
    • I have less than one year in grade at the next lower level of the position for which I am applying.
    3 (C) How have you contributed to the workplace environment? Answer to this question is required
    • I served as a class instructor.
    • I served as an On-the-Job Instructor (OJI).
    • I conducted workshops/presentations.
    • I served as a team lead.
    • None of the above
    4 (C) What is your experience working with others? Answer to this question is required
    • I worked on a project team within my work group.
    • I worked on a cross-functional team outside of my work group.
    • I worked on a cross-functional team outside of my division.
    • None of the above
    5 (K) With which of the following do you have experience conducting legal or tax research? Answer to this question is required
    • Internal Revenue Code and regulations
    • Administrative guidance (e.g., revenue rulings, notices)
    • Court cases
    • Public Laws
    • None of the above
    6 (K) What is your experience with tax forms and publications? Answer to this question is required
    • Used IRS publications as part of my job responsibilities
    • Reviewed or prepared individual tax returns
    • Reviewed or prepared information returns
    • Reviewed or prepared business tax returns
    • Reviewed or prepared non-profit tax returns
    • None of the above
    7 (K) What is your experience analyzing and interpreting tax law as part of your job responsibilities? Answer to this question is required
    • I applied tax law to update forms, instructions, publications, or other written tax materials.
    • I applied tax law to resolve taxpayer issues.
    • I applied tax law in the review of tax returns or other written IRS products.
    • None of the above
    8 (A) What is your highest level of experience providing customer service? Answer to this question is required
    • Answered tax-related customer questions
    • Resolved tax-related customer issues by conducting research
    • Developed a new or revised process to address tax-related customer needs
    • None of the above
    9 (A) Which of the following documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
    • Formal response letters (e.g., to taxpayers, vendors, employees)
    • Tax-related forms or instructions
    • Tax-related publications
    • Congressional letters
    • None of the above
    10 (Q) Which of the following programs or tools have you used to perform work activities? Answer to this question is required
    • Used PowerPoint to create a presentation
    • Used Arbortext Editor to revise a document
    • Used electronic databases to compile data
    • Used Adobe Acrobat Professional to edit a document
    • Used a commercial database (e.g., Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis) to perform tax law research
    • None of the above
    11 (Q) What is your highest level of experience coordinating tax-related projects? Answer to this question is required
    • I participated on a tax-related project team.
    • I assisted in managing the coordination of a tax-related project or served as the point of contact.
    • I led a tax-related project.
    • None of the above
    12 (Q) Which of the following stakeholders have you coordinated with to complete tax-related work? Answer to this question is required
    • Taxpayers
    • Chief Counsel
    • Other internal business units/divisions
    • Other Federal agencies
    • Professional organizations (e.g., American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
    • None of the above
    13 (Q) What methods have you used to ensure accuracy of your work? Answer to this question is required
    • Stayed informed of current tax law developments
    • Worked or consulted with others to develop or revise products
    • Researched technical authorities
    • None of the above
    14 (E) Which best describes how you typically manage work priorities? Answer to this question is required
    • My supervisor sets my work priorities.
    • I work with my supervisor to set my work priorities.
    • I set my work priorities subject to my supervisor’s approval.
    • I set my work priorities independently.
    • None of the above
    15 (E) Which best describes your experience managing assignments? Answer to this question is required
    • I complete one work assignment at a time.
    • I manage multiple work assignments with set deadlines.
    • I manage multiple work assignments with competing or changing deadlines.
    • None of the above

    Grade: 12

    To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.
    To be minimally qualified for the Grade 12 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal Government that demonstrated legal, tax accounting, or other experience that required knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other areas related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying experience include:
  • Preparing, reviewing, or applying rulings, advisory letters, memoranda, etc. related to Federal taxation.
  • Analyzing and adjudicating tax claims, appeals, settlement offers, or similar work related to Federal tax operations.
  • Work as an attorney that required legal research, analysis, and preparation of briefs or similar documents interpreting laws and regulations. Work as an accountant, auditor, or investigator that required application of Federal tax accounting principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and related laws.

  • In addition, your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the following: Thorough knowledge of federal tax laws, regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures and other technical related matters to address taxpayers needs; Knowledge of tax laws to convert these and other technical matters into clear concise, logical and easy to understand explanatory material; Knowledge of accounting methods to interpret new tax laws and assist in addressing customers needs; Ability to research using on-line and paper methods to analyze tax issues; Knowledge and skill of the latest advances in learning theory and cognitive thinking, as they apply to the writing, design; Knowledge of printing and design requirements and techniques, computer specifications and programming requirements, and of Standard Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML) or other designated electronic composition and publishing system to compose documents and other materials.
    1 Which of the following is true about your specialized experience? Answer to this question is required
    • I have at least one year of specialized experience
    • I have less than one year of specialized experience
    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Under merit promotion procedures, Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. Time is credited based on calendar time served in a grade, regardless of the number of days or hours worked. If you currently hold or have previously held a position at the same (or equivalent) or higher grade/level in the Federal government as of this announcement, you will meet the TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS.
    2 Please select the response that best describes your time in grade. Answer to this question is required
    • I have served one year at the next lower grade of the position for which I am applying.
    • I currently occupy a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
    • I have previously occupied a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
    • I have less than one year in grade at the next lower level of the position for which I am applying.
    3 (C) How have you contributed to the workplace environment? Answer to this question is required
    • I served as a class instructor.
    • I served as an On-the-Job Instructor (OJI).
    • I conducted workshops/presentations.
    • I served as a team lead.
    • I developed training materials or job aids.
    • None of the above
    4 (C) What is your experience working with others? Answer to this question is required
    • I worked on a project team within my work group.
    • I worked on a cross-functional team outside of my work group.
    • I worked on a cross-functional team outside of my division.
    • I worked on a team with representatives from other agencies or external customers (e.g., law firms, software developers, accounting firms).
    • None of the above
    5 (K) Which of the following have you researched to create tax law guidance? Answer to this question is required
    • Internal Revenue Code and regulations
    • Administrative guidance (e.g., revenue rulings, notices)
    • Court cases
    • Public Laws
    • Tax Treatises and Journals
    • Commerce Clearing House (CCH) or Research Institute of America (RIA)
    • Legislative history
    • Pending legislation
    • None of the above
    6 (K) What is your experience with tax forms and publications? Answer to this question is required
    • Used IRS publications as part of my job responsibilities
    • Reviewed or prepared individual tax returns
    • Reviewed or prepared information returns
    • Reviewed or prepared business tax returns
    • Reviewed or prepared non-profit tax returns
    • Created or revised tax products
    • None of the above
    7 (K) What is your experience analyzing and interpreting tax law as part of your job responsibilities? Answer to this question is required
    • I applied tax law to update forms, instructions, publications, or other written tax materials.
    • I applied tax law to resolve taxpayer issues.
    • I applied tax law in the review of tax returns or other written IRS products.
    • None of the above
    8 (A) What is your highest level of experience providing customer service? Answer to this question is required
    • Resolved tax-related customer issues by conducting research
    • Developed a new or revised process to address tax-related customer needs
    • Conducted outreach to assess tax-related customer needs
    • None of the above
    9 (A) Which of the following documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
    • Formal response letters (e.g., to taxpayers, vendors, employees)
    • Tax-related forms or instructions
    • Tax-related publications
    • Congressional letters
    • None of the above
    10 (Q) Which of the following programs or tools have you used to perform work activities? Answer to this question is required
    • Used PowerPoint to create a presentation
    • Used Arbortext Editor to create a document
    • Used electronic databases to compile data
    • Used Adobe Acrobat Professional to create a document
    • Used a commercial database (e.g., Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis) to perform tax law research
    • None of the above
    11 (Q) What is your highest level of experience coordinating tax-related projects? Answer to this question is required
    • I participated on a tax-related project team.
    • I assisted in managing the coordination of a tax-related project or served as the point of contact.
    • I led a tax-related project.
    • None of the above
    12 (Q) Which of the following stakeholders have you coordinated with to complete tax-related work? Answer to this question is required
    • Taxpayers
    • Chief Counsel
    • Other internal business units/divisions
    • Other Federal agencies
    • Professional organizations (e.g., American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
    • None of the above
    13 (Q) What methods have you used to ensure accuracy of your work? Answer to this question is required
    • Stayed informed of current tax law developments
    • Worked or consulted with others to develop or revise products
    • Researched technical authorities
    • None of the above
    14 (E) Which best describes how you typically manage work priorities? Answer to this question is required
    • My supervisor sets my work priorities.
    • I work with my supervisor to set my work priorities.
    • I set my work priorities subject to my supervisor’s approval.
    • I set my work priorities independently.
    • I set my work priorities independently and assist others in setting their work priorities.
    • None of the above
    15 (E) Which best describes your experience managing assignments? Answer to this question is required
    • I complete one work assignment at a time.
    • I manage multiple work assignments with set deadlines.
    • I manage multiple work assignments with competing or changing deadlines.
    • None of the above

    Grade: 13

    To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.
    To be minimally qualified for the Grade 13 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal Government that demonstrated legal, tax accounting, or other experience that required knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, precedent decisions, or other areas related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying experience include:
  • Preparing, reviewing, or applying rulings, advisory letters, memoranda, etc. related to Federal taxation.
  • Analyzing and adjudicating tax claims, appeals, settlement offers, or similar work related to Federal tax operations.
  • Work as an attorney that required legal research, analysis, and preparation of briefs or similar documents interpreting laws and regulations.
  • Work as an accountant, auditor, or investigator that required application of Federal tax accounting principles and/or the Internal Revenue Code and related laws.

  • In addition, your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate the following: Comprehensive knowledge of Federal tax laws, regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures and other pertinent technical matters to address taxpayers needs; convert complex tax laws and other technical matters into clear concise, logically arranged, well written and easy to understand explanatory material; knowledge of accounting methods, principles, techniques and practices; Thorough knowledge of technical tax law, research techniques that include using on-line and paper methods to research and analyze tax issues; Knowledge of the latest advances in learning theory and cognitive thinking, as they apply to the writing, design, and presentation of materials; Knowledge and skill in printing and design techniques, computer specifications and programming requirements, and Standard Generalized Mark-up Language (SGML) or other designated electronic composition and publishing system to design and produce materials and documents.
    1 Which of the following is true about your specialized experience? Answer to this question is required
    • I have at least one year of specialized experience
    • I have less than one year of specialized experience
    TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Under merit promotion procedures, Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. Time is credited based on calendar time served in a grade, regardless of the number of days or hours worked. If you currently hold or have previously held a position at the same (or equivalent) or higher grade/level in the Federal government as of this announcement, you will meet the TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENTS.
    2 Please select the response that best describes your time in grade. Answer to this question is required
    • I have served one year at the next lower grade of the position for which I am applying.
    • I currently occupy a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
    • I have previously occupied a position at or above the grade of the position for which I am applying.
    • I have less than one year in grade at the next lower level of the position for which I am applying.
    3 (C) How have you contributed to the workplace environment? Answer to this question is required
    • I served as a class instructor.
    • I served as an On-the-Job Instructor (OJI).
    • I conducted workshops/presentations.
    • I served as a team lead.
    • I developed training materials or job aids.
    • I acted as a manager or section chief.
    • None of the above
    4 (C) What is your experience working with others? Answer to this question is required
    • I led a cross-functional team of employees within my division.
    • I worked on a team of employees from multiple divisions.
    • I led a team of employees from multiple divisions.
    • I worked on a team with representatives from other agencies or external customers (e.g., law firms, software developers, accounting firms).
    • None of the above
    5 (K) Which of the following have you researched to create tax law guidance? Answer to this question is required
    • Administrative guidance (e.g., revenue rulings, notices)
    • Court cases
    • Public Laws
    • Tax Treatises and Journals
    • Commerce Clearing House (CCH) or Research Institute of America (RIA)
    • Legislative history
    • Pending legislation
    • Draft regulations
    • None of the above
    6 (K) What is your experience with tax forms and publications? Answer to this question is required
    • Reviewed or prepared individual tax returns
    • Reviewed or prepared information returns
    • Reviewed or prepared business tax returns
    • Reviewed or prepared non-profit tax returns
    • Created or revised tax forms, instructions, or publications
    • None of the above
    7 (K) What is your experience analyzing and interpreting tax law as part of your job responsibilities? Answer to this question is required
    • I applied tax law to update forms, instructions, publications, or other written tax materials.
    • I applied tax law to create forms, instructions, publications, or other written tax materials.
    • I applied tax law in the review of tax returns or other written IRS products.
    • None of the above
    8 (A) What is your highest level of experience providing customer service? Answer to this question is required
    • Resolved tax-related customer issues by conducting research
    • Developed a new or revised process to address tax-related customer needs
    • Conducted outreach to assess tax-related customer needs
    • None of the above
    9 (A) Which of the following documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
    • Formal response letters (e.g., to taxpayers, vendors, employees)
    • Tax-related forms or instructions
    • Tax-related publications
    • Congressional letters
    • None of the above
    10 (Q) Which of the following programs or tools have you used to perform tax-related work activities? Answer to this question is required
    • Used PowerPoint to create a presentation
    • Used Arbortext Editor to create a document
    • Used electronic databases to compile data
    • Used Adobe Acrobat Professional to create a document
    • Used a commercial database (e.g., Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis) to perform tax law research
    • None of the above
    11 (Q) Which of the following stakeholders have you coordinated with to complete tax-related work? Answer to this question is required
    • Taxpayers
    • Chief Counsel
    • Other internal business units/divisions
    • Other Federal agencies
    • Tax software companies
    • Professional organizations (e.g., American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
    • None of the above
    12 (Q) What methods have you used to ensure accuracy of your work? Answer to this question is required
    • Stayed informed of current tax law developments
    • Worked or consulted with others to develop or revise products
    • Used automated software (e.g., Arbortext compare feature, MS Excel formulas) to identify inconsistencies
    • Researched technical authorities
    • None of the above
    13 (E) Which best describes how you typically manage work priorities? Answer to this question is required
    • I work with my supervisor to set my work priorities.
    • I set my work priorities subject to my supervisor’s approval.
    • I set my work priorities independently.
    • I set my work priorities independently and assist others in setting their work priorities.
    • None of the above
    14 (E) Which best describes your experience managing assignments? Answer to this question is required
    • I manage multiple work assignments with set deadlines.
    • I manage multiple work assignments with competing or changing deadlines.
    • None of the above

    Grade: All Grades

    Thank you for your interest in applying for this position.
    Your responses to the following questions supplement the information provided in your resume.
    1 Please provide your current pay plan, series, and grade. For example: GS-303-03, IR-512-01, etc. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
    2 What is your current position title? Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
    If you are eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reassignment Preference Program (RPP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility please refer back to the CTAP/RPP Documentation link in the vacancy announcement.
    3 Are you eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)? Answer to this question is required
    • Yes
      3.1 Please select the priority program for which you are eligible for consideration.
      • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
      • Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)
    • No
    The type of awards and number of award points will be credited in accordance with Article 13 Section 5. The award information you provide may be verified.
    You may obtain a list of your most recent awards at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/indexawd.htm.
    4 How many monetary (or time off in lieu of monetary) awards, such as performance awards, special act awards, and quality step increases have you received in the three years preceding the closing date of this announcement? Answer to this question is required
    • 1
      4.1 Please list the name of the award and the date(MMDDYYYY) of the award. (For example: Performance Award, 02/02/2006). Maximum length of 250 characters.
    • 2
      4.1 Please list the names of the awards and the date(MMDDYYYY) of each award. (For example: Performance Award, 02/02/2006). Maximum length of 250 characters.
    • 3 or more
      4.1 Please list the names of the awards and the date(MMDDYYYY) of each award. (For example: Performance Award, 02/02/2006). Maximum length of 250 characters.
    • None
    In addition to the online application and resume, you must submit a current annual 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 Did you receive a fully successful, equivalent, or higher rating on your most recent performance appraisal? Answer to this question is required
    • Yes
    • No
    • I do not have a recent performance appraisal. You have indicated that you do not have a current performance appraisal. You should be advised that your annual performance appraisal and relevant awards make up sixty percent of your overall rating in this process. Under Article 12, Section 4, there are a number of options available to you. You should contact your immediate manager to determine which option is most appropriate to your current situation and position.
    6 Please indicate the option that best describes your most recent performance appraisal. Answer to this question is required
    • Annual Rating/Annual Performance Appraisal
    • Revalidated Annual Rating/Annual Performance Appraisal
    • Departure Rating/Annual Performance Appraisal
    • Merit Promotion Appraisal
    • Not Ratable or do not have a performance appraisal Based on the information provided, you should be advised that your annual performance appraisal and relevant awards make up sixty percent of your overall rating in this process. Under Article 12, Section 4, there are a number of options available to you. You should contact your immediate manager to determine which option is most appropriate to your current situation and position.
    7 Please enter the date of your most recent performance appraisal in the format MM/DD/YYYY. Answer to this question is required
    8 Please select the rating that you achieved on your most recent performance appraisal. Answer to this question is required
    • Outstanding
    • Exceeds Fully Successful
    • Fully Successful
    • Minimally Successful
    • Unacceptable
    • Not Ratable or do not have a performance appraisal.
    9 To qualify for this position and receive full credit for your relevant experience you must list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. Your resume must support your responses to the questions. Do you understand that failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified determination?
    • Yes
    • No