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Salary: $7,682.00 - $9,478.00
Posted: 05/16/2013

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.

The Legal Division of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) seeks to fill positions in our Multistate Tax, General Tax, and/or Litigation Bureaus. Positions will be considered at both the Tax Counsel and Tax Counsel III level. Under the direction of a Tax Counsel IV or Assistant Chief Counsel, these incumbents will provide legal support to the department's Enterprise Data to Revenue project. Applicants will be considered for each of the positions described below, so multiple applications in response to this notice are not necessary.

Multistate Tax Law Bureau
The incumbent's responsibilities in the Multistate Tax Law Bureau include focusing on controversies and issues with respect to apportionment and allocation of the income of multistate and multi-national corporations under Revenue and Taxation Code sections 25101-25137; including acting as hearing officer in administrative protests and representing the FTB in appeals before the State Board of Equalization (SBE); assisting in litigation; preparing briefs and conducting oral arguments; working with and advising the department's Filing Division on complex issues relating to the filing obligations single-entity taxpayers, individuals, or combined reporting groups that include corporations, partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, and other pass-through entities; and participating in departmental task forces and teams addressing these issues.

General Tax Law Bureau
The incumbent's responsibilities in the General Tax Law Bureau include income and franchise tax issues primarily focusing on areas of tax law contained in Part 10, Division 2, of the Revenue and Taxation Code and other areas assigned to the Bureau including provisions of the Internal Revenue Code; reviewing proposed legislation; proposing, drafting, and reviewing regulations and conducting regulatory hearings; preparing rulings, position papers, and formulating Department positions; acting as hearing officers in administrative protests and representing the FTB in appeals before the SBE.

Litigation Bureau
The incumbent's responsibilities in the Litigation Bureau, as members of the Bankruptcy/Collection Section, include providing counsel to FTB personnel and/or Deputy Attorneys General in bankruptcy and collection matters. Examples of bankruptcy/collections duties include: providing advice to FTB personnel (i.e., bankruptcy procedures, claims, priorities, taxes, and liens.) discharge, etc.); providing technical assistance; assisting in or handling complex out-of-state bankruptcy matters; assisting FTB personnel with complex collection issues (i.e., jeopardy assessments, orders to withhold, tax liens, out of state collections, etc.); and assisting the Attorney General in complex actions against the department (i.e., complaints in eminent domain, judicial foreclosure, and interpleader).

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

  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with staff and the public at all levels.
  • Clear and effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Coursework in income or franchise tax law and/or general knowledge of federal or state income or franchise tax law; 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 strategies.
  • Knowledge of bankruptcy and collection laws and procedures; prior experience in bankruptcy and collection matters and collection procedures.

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. To apply for this job opportunity as a list candidate, you must first take the online Tax Counsel (Attorney) / Tax Counsel (Attorney) III Exam. 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:

*A completed application includes the position title, position number and contact person’s name in the job title line. A single application may be submitted for all positions. 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: Norman 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. Multiple positions may exist for this vacancy. The above salary range does not reflect mandated reductions on account of the furlough program.

RPA #'s 1213.0607-0609, 0643

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Tax Counsel 564 - 410 - 6733 - 001
Will also consider hiring a(n)
TAX COUNSEL $4,674.00 - $6,818.00
Location County
Legal Division 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
Norman Scott
(916) 845-7632

Special Requirements:
Background Check Required

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