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Salary: $7,682.00 - $9,857.00
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.

Under the general direction of the respective Assistant Chief Counsel, the incumbent will handle 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 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; 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.


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

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 J. Bittner at A-270 M/S . 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
Tax Counsel III 564 - 410 - 6733 - 005
Will also consider hiring a(n)
TAX COUNSEL $4,674.00 - $4,861.00
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
Patrick J. Bittner
(916) 845-5624

Special Requirements:
Background Check Required

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