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Grade: 13

GS-13: To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.
1 GS-13: You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that is in or related to this position and provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying experience may be found in the vacancy announcement. Having read this definition, please select one of the following: Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 52 weeks of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level.
  • I have less than 52 weeks of full-time specialized experience as described above.
  • I have at least 52 weeks of full-time experience that is unrelated to the experience described above.
  • I have less than 52 weeks of full-time experience that is unrelated to the experience described above.
2

Which of the following describes your level of experience analyzing and interpreting complex Income Tax and Accounting rules, regulations and policy matters?  Please select the answer that best reflects your experience.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience researching complex Income Tax and Accounting rules and regulations.
  • I have experience researching complex Income Tax and Accounting rules and regulations and drafting materials applying the law to specific facts.
  • I have experience researching complex Income Tax and Accounting rules and regulations and assisting a senior staff member in offering alternative interpretations of such rules as they apply to specific facts.
  • I have experience researching complex Income Tax and Accounting rules and regulations and in offering alternative interpretations of such rules that are closely reviewed by supervisor or senior staff member.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
3

Which of the following describes the complexity of the tax matters that you have analyzed and interpreted? Please select the answer that best reflects your experience.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience interpreting tax issues and matters.
  • I have experience in analyzing and interpreting a wide variety of tax issues and matters including complex Income Tax and Accounting matters.
  • I have experience in analyzing and interpreting a wide variety of tax issues and matters including complex Income Tax and Accounting matters that have not been analyzed in depth by the courts or in government issued guidance and/or new legislation.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
4

Select the statements that reflect your experience independently preparing and writing complex documents. (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience preparing and writing opinion letters not related to Income Tax and Accounting law.
  • I have assisted in preparing and writing opinion letters related to Income Tax and Accounting law.
  • I have experience preparing and writing legal memorandum.
  • I have experience writing and preparing position papers on tax issues.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
5

Select the answer that best describes your experience preparing Income Tax and Accounting related educational materials targeted for general use.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience preparing tax related materials.
  • I have assisted in preparing such materials at least once.
  • I have assisted in preparing or reviewing such materials on one to ten occasions.
  • I have assisted in preparing or reviewing such materials on at least eleven or more occasions.
6

Select all that apply with respect to your experience communicating orally on matters involving Income Tax and Accounting issues. (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly served as a representative in presenting to and communicating with taxpayers.
  • I have regularly questioned and justified positions involving complex Income Tax and Accounting issues.
  • I have regularly participated in discussions in which I was required to use communication skills to approach individuals or groups who were skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, e.g., gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation.
  • I have regularly participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific Income Tax and Accounting problems.
  • None of the above.
7

Which of the following best describes your level of experience evaluating the legal tax reasoning and interpretations advanced by taxpayers and their representatives? For example, have you been responsible for discussing with taxpayers and their representatives the substance of a technical view on a tax provision?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least once been called upon to evaluate the legal tax reasoning and interpretations advanced by taxpayers and their representatives.
  • I have had multiple occasions to evaluate the legal tax reasoning and interpretations advanced by taxpayers and their representatives.
  • I am regularly called upon to evaluate the legal tax reasoning and interpretations advanced by taxpayers and their representatives.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
8

Select the answer that best describes your experience in identifying and analyzing a wide variety of technical problems, and determining alternative courses of action.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in identifying and analyzing recurring Income Tax and Accounting problems and working with a senior staff member to recommend a solution.
  • I have experience identifying and analyzing a wide variety of technical tax problems, including Income Tax and Accounting problems and determining alternative courses of action.
  • I have experience in identifying and analyzing a wide variety of Income Tax and Accounting technical problems, and analyzing the pros and cons of characterizing a specific transaction under the Internal Revenue Code and determining at least two alternative approaches to address the issue.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
9

Which of the following best describes the extent to which you are able to implement decisions on tax issues and problems which cannot be addressed by traditional means?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted a senior staff member implementing decisions on tax issues and problems which cannot be addressed by traditional means.
  • I have limited experience in independently implementing decisions on Income Tax and Accounting issues and problems which cannot be addressed by traditional means.
  • I have been primarily responsible for implementing decisions on Income Tax and Accounting issues and problems which cannot be addressed by traditional means.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
10

In what areas of tax law have you made technical determinations in relation to Income Tax and Accounting issues? (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • Recognition and timing of income and deduction issues.
  • UNICAP issues.
  • Installment sales issues.
  • Capital gain and loss issues.
  • LIFO inventory accounting issues.
  • Accounting method and period issues.
  • Long-term contract issues.
  • Leasing transaction issues.
  • None of the above.
11 In what areas have you provided support to legal staff in your assigned area of expertise regarding international law? (Select all that apply.) Answer to this question is required
  • Document Review
  • Appellate recommendations
  • Litigation support.
  • None of the above.

Grade: 14

GS-14: To be eligible for this position at this grade level, you must meet the requirements below.
1 GS-14: You must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that is in or related to this position and provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Examples of qualifying experience may be found in the vacancy announcement. Having read this definition, please select one of the following: Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 52 weeks of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level.
  • I have less than 52 weeks of full-time specialized experience as described above.
  • I have at least 52 weeks of full-time experience that is unrelated to the experience described above.
  • I have less than 52 weeks of full-time experience that is unrelated to the experience described above.
2

Which of the following describes your level of experience analyzing and interpreting complex Income Tax and Accounting rules, regulations and policy matters?  Please select the answer that best reflects your experience.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience researching complex Income Tax and Accounting rules and regulations.
  • I have experience researching complex Income Tax and Accounting rules and regulations and drafting materials applying the law to specific facts.
  • I have experience researching complex Income Tax and Accounting rules and regulations and assisting a senior staff member in offering alternative interpretations of such rules as they apply to specific facts.
  • I have experience researching complex Income Tax and Accounting rules and regulations and in offering alternative interpretations of such rules that are closely reviewed by supervisor or senior staff member.
  • I have experience researching complex Income Tax and Accounting rules and regulations and in offering alternative interpretations of such rules. My interpretations are normally accepted without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
3

Which of the following describes the complexity of the tax matters that you have analyzed and interpreted? Please select the answer that best reflects your experience.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience interpreting tax issues and matters.
  • I have experience in analyzing and interpreting a wide variety of tax issues and matters including complex Income Tax and Accounting matters.
  • I have experience in analyzing and interpreting a wide variety of tax issues and matters including complex Income Tax and Accounting matters that have not been analyzed in depth by the courts or in government issued guidance and/or new legislation.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
4

Select the statements that reflect your experience independently preparing and writing complex documents. (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience preparing and writing opinion letters not related to Income Tax and Accounting law.
  • I have assisted in preparing and writing opinion letters related to Income Tax and Accounting law.
  • I have experience preparing and writing legal memorandum.
  • I have experience writing and preparing decision papers regarding Income Tax and Accounting law.
  • I have experience writing and preparing position papers on tax issues.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
5

Select the answer that best describes your experience preparing Income Tax and Accounting related educational materials targeted for general use.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience preparing tax related materials.
  • I have assisted in preparing such materials at least once.
  • I have been primarily responsible for preparing or reviewing such materials on one to four occasions.
  • I have been primarily responsible for preparing or reviewing such materials on at least five or more occasions.
6

Select all that apply with respect to your experience communicating orally on matters involving Income Tax and Accounting issues. (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly served as a representative in presenting to and communicating with taxpayers.
  • I have regularly questioned and justified positions involving complex Income Tax and Accounting issues.
  • I have regularly participated in discussions in which I was required to use communication skills to approach individuals or groups who were skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, e.g., gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation.
  • I have regularly participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific Income Tax and Accounting problems.
  • My written products have been convincing and recognized as high quality through a performance appraisal and/or awards.
  • None of the above.
7

Which of the following best describes your level of experience evaluating the legal tax reasoning and interpretations advanced by taxpayers and their representatives? For example, have you been responsible for discussing with taxpayers and their representatives the substance of a technical view on a tax provision?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least once been called upon to evaluate the legal tax reasoning and interpretations advanced by taxpayers and their representatives.
  • I have had multiple occasions to evaluate the legal tax reasoning and interpretations advanced by taxpayers and their representatives.
  • I am considered a technical expert and am regularly called upon to evaluate the legal tax reasoning and interpretations advanced by taxpayers and their representatives.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
8

Select the answer that best describes your experience in identifying and analyzing a wide variety of technical problems, and determining alternative courses of action.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in identifying and analyzing recurring Income Tax and Accounting problems and working with a senior staff member to recommend a solution.
  • I have experience identifying and analyzing a wide variety of technical tax problems, including Income Tax and Accounting problems and determining alternative courses of action.
  • I have experience in identifying and analyzing a wide variety of Income Tax and Accounting technical problems, and analyzing the pros and cons of characterizing a specific transaction under the Internal Revenue Code and determining at least two alternative approaches to address the issue.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
9

Which of the following best describes the extent to which you are able to implement decisions on tax issues and problems which cannot be addressed by traditional means?

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience assisting a senior staff member implementing decisions on tax issues and problems which cannot be addressed by traditional means.
  • I have limited experience in independently implementing decisions on Income Tax and Accounting issues and problems which cannot be addressed by traditional means.
  • I am frequently required to implement decisions on Income Tax and Accounting issues and problems which cannot be addressed by traditional means.
  • I do not have any of the experience described at the above levels.
10

In what areas of tax law have you made technical determinations in relation to Income Tax and Accounting issues? (Select all that apply.)

Answer to this question is required
  • Recognition and timing of income and deduction issues.
  • UNICAP issues.
  • Installment sales issues.
  • Capital gain and loss issues.
  • LIFO inventory accounting issues.
  • Accounting method and period issues.
  • Long-term contract issues.
  • Leasing transaction issues.
  • None of the above.
11 In what areas have you provided support to legal staff in your assigned area of expertise regarding international law? (Select all that apply.) Answer to this question is required
  • Document Review
  • Appellate recommendations
  • Litigation support.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. If you are rated ineligible based on your responses to the questions, you will be notified by email shortly after the announcement closes. All supplemental documents requested in this vacancy announcement must be received by the closing date. Please check the Required Documents section of the vacancy announcement carefully to determine what, if any, additional documentation is required.
To ensure proper credit, please be specific and provide us with a detailed description that best shows the job duties that you performed and the length of time these duties were performed. Failure to provide this information on your resume could result in your being determined ineligible or in your score being lowered.
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the job specific questions. High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified.
REMINDER: To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.
Please be sure that your resume contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your current supervisor and two additional professional references that we may contact. Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your supervisor is specified in your resume.
You will be asked to respond to the questions below. The total number of questions depends on the grades for which you are applying and your responses to each question. Please read each question carefully and answer appropriately.
All supplemental documents requested in this vacancy accouncement must be received by the closing date. Please check the Required Documents section of the vacancy announcement carefully to determine what, if any, additional documentation is required.
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