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2(Two) positions will be filled in the Independent Office of Appeals: Examination Appeals: Area 9 Team 1 in one of the following locations Farmers Branch TX, Houston TX, Oklahoma City OK, Denver CO, or Phoenix AZ.

1(One) position will be filled in the Office of Appeals, Area 9 Team 4 in the following location Boston, MA.

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.
  • Holds conferences and negotiates issues with taxpayers/representative to resolve tax disputes in a fair and impartial manner. Taxpayers are often officers of publicly traded companies and representatives are typically from the most prestigious national law and accounting firms.
  • Area 9 is a national program made up of four teams located throughout the country. Area 9 has primary responsibility for the largest cases in Appeals, generally Large Corporate Compliance Program Cases (LCC) and Industry Cases (IC) with multiple complex tax issues with over $10 million dollars in dispute. This work is accomplished by the incumbent and a team of several employees. Team members are typically experts in a particular aspect of federal taxation and are often grade 14 Technical Specialists, International Specialists or Appeals Officers.
  • Communicates and fosters dialogue with peers, customers and partners. Leads several teams that work cases and coaches individual employees in the accomplishment of team objectives and effective problem-solving.
  • Advises and coaches team members regarding their team assignments. Provides appropriate and substantive feedback on team assignments to the team member and his/her immediate manager. This feedback is both written and oral; provided on a timely and ongoing basis; addresses the appropriate critical job elements and aspects; and follows guidelines prescribed by the Chief Appeals, the Director, and the Appeals Area Director as to timing, form and content of the feedback.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National and provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. (Birth certificate showing birth in the U.S; Unexpired U.S. Passport; Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization; or Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen (Form FS-240))
  • Undergo a review of prior performance/conduct and an income tax verification. Refer to "Get Your Tax Record" at to check the status of your account, balance owed, payment history, make a payment, or review answers to tax questions. If you are not in compliance, you will be determined unsuitable for employment with IRS.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including a FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. These documents must be unexpired original or certified copies.


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

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience applying professional basic, intermediate and advanced accounting principles, theory, and practices to analyze and interpret accounting books, records, or systems specifically to determine effect on tax liabilities or financial statements; Using accounting or legal analysis with respect to tax implications in making financial or business decisions, and recognizing and assessing the complexity of accounting, factual or legal issues; Experience applying professional legal principles, theory, and practices to analyze and interpret legal issues specifically to determine effect on tax liabilities or financial statements; Interpreting the law in situations where there are uncertainties or conflicts in statutes, regulations, case law, precedence or other guidance to determine and apply the appropriate intent of the law in tax situations; Experience conducting legal research and applying the law to tax situations; Preparing, examining, interpreting and analyzing financial statements of multiple entities (e.g., corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts); and applying litigation hazards and exercising judgment involving matters of law particularly as they relate to resolving tax disputes. In addition, at this level you must have experience applying accounting principles to accounting topics to resolve tax issues. Accounting topics include: mergers, reorganizations, spin-off and split-off issues, stockholder equity, income recognition and other special reporting topics; financial characteristics of business entities; journal and ledger entries; present value application; inventory valuation; investments and revenue recognition, auditing standards and generally accepted accounting principles associated with asset and liability measurement and their related effect on net income.

You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

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-timework 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.

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


For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

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.