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Salary: $8,486.00 - $10,477.00
Posted: 04/24/2013

Job Description:
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** As required by the department's rules of conduct, all employees of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) must be in compliance with the California revenue and taxation code. During the background investigation portion of the hiring process, FTB will review return information to verify California state income tax compliance. Any failure to comply with the California revenue and taxation code may prevent you from being hired at FTB. You must verify your filing status by calling 1-800-852-5711 to resolve any potential tax compliance issues, prior to submitting your application and seeking employment with FTB. All applicants not currently employed with the Franchise Tax Board will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. The investigation will consist of completion of a pre-employment questionnaire, fingerprinting, and an inquiry to the Department of Justice to disclose criminal records. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons with hearing or speech impairments, call TTY/TDD (800) 735-2929.

Under the general direction of the Assistant Chief Counsel, the incumbent exercises broad discretion to handle individually the most complex and sensitive cases and as a lead, assists with the handling of cases by other Tax Counsel IIIs, Tax counsels and paraprofessioinals, involving the provisions and administration of the Internal Revenue Code and the California Revenue and Taxation Code. The incumbent's responsibilities may include representing the Franchise Tax Board in protest hearings involving personal income tax and bank and corporation tax issues; preparing briefs and arguing administrative appeals before the State Board of Equalization; assisting the Attorney General in litigation cases on tax issues; drafting and reviewing legislative proposals; proposing, drafting, and reviewing regulations and conducting regulatory hearings; preparing rulings, position papers, and formulating Department positions on a variety of tax law matters; researching and analyzing legal principles and precedents and applying them to complex legal issues relating to tax law; applying and interpreting the Revenue and Taxation Code and the Internal Revenue Code; assisting other attorneys and other Departmental staff; handling special assignments such as representing the Department at tax conferences, seminars, and before professional organizations; and serving on task forces and teams.

  • Membership in the California State Bar
  • Please see the Tax Counsel IV classification specification for specific required knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with staff and the public at all levels, and serve in lead capacity to attorneys and paralegals at varying levels of experience.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Clear and effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Coursework in income or franchise tax law and/or general knowledge of federal or state income or franchise tax law.
  • Skills to present and respond effectively to executive management, department program managers, elected or appointed officials and the business community.
  • A broad knowledge of the operations of the Legal Division and its support staff.
  • Knowledge of the FTB management and divisional structure, functions and programs.
  • Prior experience in the practice of income or franchise tax law, understanding of financial statements and financial transactions, and understanding of complex income tax planning and strategies. Demonstrated ability to understand legal tax issues involving general tax, business entity tax, personal income tax and potentially abusive tax avoidance transaction tax, including penalties applicable to abusive tax avoidance transactions and abusive tax avoidance promoters. Represent and provide guidance with respect to administrative and procedural issues arising under the Revenue and Taxation Code.

Current state employees with status in the above classification or lateral transfers from an equivalent class, former state employees who can reinstate into this class or persons who are reachable on a current employment list for this classification. A training and development assignment (T & D) may also be considered. All appointments are subject to SROA/Surplus hiring provisions. Surplus candidates must submit an application packet as outlined in this bulletin with a copy of their surplus status letter in order to be considered.

Interested applicants must submit ALL of the following documents:

In order to be considered for this position, all interested candidates must submit a supplemental application. Your response must be no more than two type-written pages in length, using 12-point font, 1-inch standard margin and include your first and last name in the upper right-hand corner of each page. Respond to the following supplemental statement:

  • Describe your work experience that qualifies you for this position, including experience specifically related to the Desirable Experience/Qualifications.

*A completed application includes the position title, position number and contact person’s name in the job title line. Candidates who do not submit all of the required documents (incomplete application packages) will be eliminated from the selection process. All submitted information will be screened and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview. FTB EMPLOYEES MUST HAND DELIVER OR ROUTE TO: Craig L. Scott at M/S A-260. Candidates not currently employed by the Franchise Tax Board must send their application package to the address shown below.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Tax Counsel IV 564 - 410 - 6722 - 001
Location County
Legal, BET and Personal Income Tax & Procedure Bureau SACRAMENTO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Exam Unit
P.O. Box 550
Sacramento, CA 95812-0550
Craig L. Scott
(916) 845-6510

Special Requirements:
Background Check Required

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