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FRANCHISE TAX BOARD

Title:  GRADUATE LEGAL ASSISTANT
Salary: $3,702.00 - $4,227.00
Posted: 05/05/2014

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.

JOB DESCRIPTION :
Under the direction and guidance of the respective Assistant Chief Counsel or a Lead Counsel, the incumbent will assist in handling individual income and franchise tax matters involving the provisions and administration of the Internal Revenue Code and the California Revenue and Taxation Code. The incumbent's responsibilities may include assisting in representing the Franchise Tax Board in protest hearings involving personal income tax and bank and corporation tax issues; assisting preparing briefs and arguing administrative appeals before the State Board of Equalization; assisting the Attorney General in litigation cases on tax issues; assisting drafting and reviewing legislative proposals; assisting proposing, drafting, and reviewing regulations and conducting regulatory hearings; assisting 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 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; assisting in special assignments such as representing the Department at tax conferences, seminars, and before professional organizations; assisting serving on task forces and teams; and assisting representing the Franchise Tax Board in negotiating administrative settlements of civil tax disputes on issues involving a wide range of personal income tax and bank and corporation tax issues. This position is a Limited-term position of no more than 12 months in tenure. However, upon passing the California State Bar exam, incumbents may apply for a permanent Tax Counsel position with the Franchise Tax Board.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES :
  • Current eligibility to take the California State Bar examination. (Persons in their last year of law school may compete in the examination but not be appointed until they have eligibility to take the California State Bar examination.)
  • Please see the Graduate Legal Assistant classification specification for specific required knowledge, skills and abilities.

DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS :
  • Knowledge of legal principles and their application, the use of legal reference works, and legal terms.
  • Ability to reason logically, analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with staff and the public at all levels.
  • 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 fedral or state income or franchise tax law; understanding of financial statements and financial transactions.
  • Assist in representing and providing guidance with respect to administrative and procedural issues arising under the Revenue and Taxation Code.

WHO MAY APPLY :
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. 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.

To apply for this job opportunity as a list candidate, you must first take the online Graduate Legal Assistant Examination. Note this examination is used by multiple state Departments. Please read and follow the instructions on the bulletin to complete the exam process. Once you have taken the Graduate Legal Assistant examination and obtained list eligibility (received your score in the mail) you must submit a separate application to be considered for a Graduate Legal Assistant position with the Franchise Tax Board. Candidates who have completed the Graduate Legal Assistant examination and have received their results are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY :
Interested applicants must submit ALL of the following documents:

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

  • Provide a description of your work and/or school 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, and must be signed. 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: Patrick Bittner at M/S A-270. 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.

RPA #1314-4639 thru 1314-4652

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Graduate Legal Assistant 564 - 410 - 5797 - 001
Location County
Legal Division SACRAMENTO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Limited Term  12 month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled www.ftb.ca.gov
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Exam Unit
P.O. Box 550
Sacramento, CA 95812
Patrick J. Bittner
(916) 845-5624


Special Requirements:
Background Check Required

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