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Hiring Watch ’23: The IRS Is Looking For a Few Good Tax Attorneys

With nearly $80 billion allotted over the next 10 years thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, the IRS is going on a hiring spree to improve its woeful customer service (to taxpayers and tax professionals alike) and technology; wade through the piles of individual, business, and amended paper tax returns that have accumulated over the last year or longer which still need to be processed; and to crack down on noncompliance. Now the IRS Office of the Chief Counsel wants in on the hiring action.

The Chief Counsel’s Office is looking to bring in additional attorneys “who are interested in litigation, giving legal advice on complex tax matters, or working on published tax guidance to assist the public in understanding the tax laws,” according to a press release, which goes on to say:

Chief Counsel’s litigation positions offer a broad range of experiences that frequently involve complex issues with a national scope. Chief Counsel attorneys work to publish guidance to promote taxpayer understanding of the tax laws. And Chief Counsel’s litigators and guidance/advisory teams work together in an engaging and dynamic environment.


Some of the numerous advantages to joining IRS Chief Counsel include workplace flexibility, a collegial environment and an important mission to serve America’s taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the Internal Revenue laws and provide the highest quality legal advice and representation for the IRS.

The first job announcements are already posted on and can be viewed at the links below:

The LB&I and SB/SE general tax attorney positions both have a salary range of $82,830-$183,500 per year, and the more technical general tax attorney positions have a salary range of $94,199-$172,075 per year. The technical positions are based in D.C., while the first two have openings in multiple cities throughout the country. None of the positions are remote, but they are telework-eligible. Degree and work experience requirements are noted in the job postings.

As we’ve said before, if you want to dabble in public service or embrace chaos like never before or have a deep appreciation for irony, the IRS may be the right employer for you.

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