Internal Revenue Service General Engineer (Appeals Technical Guidance Coordinator) in United States
Summary WHAT IS THE APPEALSDIVISION? Independent by statute, staffed by highly trained professionals who provide mediation for any taxpayer contesting IRS compliance actions. Appeals is the last opportunity for the IRS and a taxpayer to resolve disputes prior to litigation, and ensures that all taxpayers can receive an impartial review of their tax case.See Other Information for Locations. Responsibilities WHAT DOES AGENERAL ENGINEERDO? As a General Engineer in Appeals, you will assist Appeals Officers and Appeals Team Case Leaders in resolving tax controversies consistent with the Appeals mission. Such resolution requires consistent treatment of statutory, regulatory and case law, as well as consistency with the facts and circumstances of previously resolved controversies. You will thoroughly prepare for, attend and participate in conferences with Compliance, Counsel, taxpayers and expert witnesses. Discussions at conferences require special ability and a highly advanced knowledge of engineering valuation principles, tax law and industry practices to determine the applicability and reasonableness of facts and circumstances presented in support of assertions. Referred cases contain a wide variety of unusually complex and difficult valuation, technical, legal, and tax issues of major significance, which are likely to set important precedents among other taxpayers and Compliance teams. The purpose of the work is to develop a reasoned, written estimate of the hazards of litigation, and help the Appeals Officer or Appeals Team Case Leaders present a settlement offer to the taxpayer. As a General Engineer you will: Review evidence gathered by Compliance team and presented by the taxpayer, and weigh such evidence in accordance with your engineering experience, coupled with case law, statutes and regulations. Assist the Appeals Officer or Appeals Team Case Leader in any consultation or advisory role necessary to prepare Appeals team for conferences. Attend Pre-conferences with Compliance team and leverage your technical experience and review of the case to assess credibility. Attend Conferences and follow-up meetings with taxpayers team, and leverage your review similarly. Develop a reasoned estimate of litigation hazards, calculate impact on tax, and propose settlement position to Appeals Officer and Appeals Team Case Leader. Write an Appeals Case Memo to communicate your development of the litigating hazards to the Compliance team, to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, and to serve as a memorial of your settlement role for consistency purposes. WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov Requirements Conditions of Employment Refer to Other Information. Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying. Must be a U.S. Citizen or National IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments - Qualifications You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.BASIC REQUIREMENT: Four (4) year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher professional engineering degree. The curriculum must: 1) be in a school of engineering accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) OR 2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: a) Statics, dynamics, b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships), c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, d) thermodynamics; e) electrical fields and circuits; f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR A combination of education and experience. The education must include courses equivalent to a major in engineering, as shown above. To be qualifying your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate: Thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.This must be demonstrated by meeting one (1) of the following:1. Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.2. Written Test showing evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration.3. Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences that included the courses specified in the basic requirements.4. Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided that you have had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.In addition to the basic requirement, you must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:Experience in engineering andto apply fundamental and diversified professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices to achieve engineering objectives with versatility, judgment, and perception. Examples of specialized experience include:Adapt and apply methods and techniques of related scientific disciplines; and organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific data in the solution of engineering problems; Basic tax laws relating to land, buildings, plant facilities, machinery, transportation equipment, patents, contracts, goodwilletc.; Law and legal documents dealing with real and/or personal property and transfers; Pertinent industry practices, procedures, and methods includingstandard, accepted real estate appraisal procedures, such as the cost, market, and income approaches to value; Standard analytical techniques and procedures. Interdisciplinary approach to determine the tax effect of multiple issues; Highly-complex valuation issues and the ability to identifythe valuation and tax implications of a variety of engineering and financial transactions, both domestic and international.- 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-time work 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.In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable: You must have been at the GS-13 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement). Education Additional Information 4 Positions are located in Appeals,Independent Office of Appeals, Specialized Exam Prog & Ref, Technical Guidance in one of the following locations: 4041 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 417 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 100 First St, San Francisco, CA 701 B Street, San Diego, CA 30 East Seventh Street, Wells Fargo Place, St. Paul, MN 600 17th Street, Denver, CO 801 Broadway, Nashville, TN 8701 S Gessner, Houston, TX 401 W Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA POSITION DESCRIPTION: 95270A PM/C SharePoint site is available for IRS Employees at: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspxCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. This is a bargaining unit position. Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available. Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns. Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements Must successfully complete a (high or moderate) risk background investigation, including the FBI criminal history record check. May be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of selection and annually from then on. Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for Business-related travel.