Have you recently been admitted to the Connecticut Bar? Are you interested in Tax Law? If so, read below and apply today!
As a State Employee you will benefit from our competitive benefits plan
- Excellent health and dental coverage
- Retirement benefits
- Paid time off, including 13 holidays
- A healthy work/life balance and much more!
As a Tax Attorney 1, you will work under the direction of the Department’s First Assistant Commissioner & General Counsel and Tax Litigation Director.
In this position you will:
- Assist the Department in reviewing records responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests and documents for use in personnel matters to determine compliance with Connecticut General Statute §12-15;
- Review Department contracts to confirm compliance with state confidentiality provisions;
- Conduct legal research in connection with a variety of tax issues; and
- Perform duties related to tax administration as required.
You will be exposed to all aspects of Connecticut tax law and associated collections law across all 40+ of Connecticut’s state taxes. This position will also work side by side with DRS’ litigation tax attorneys and paraprofessional staff and may have the opportunity to assist with tax appeals filed in the Tax Session of the Superior Court and the representation of the Commissioner’s interests in criminal matters pending before Connecticut’s Superior Courts.
This is a full-time position, 9:00AM-5:30PM, Monday-Friday, located at our office in Hartford.
The mission of DRS is to instill public confidence in the integrity and fairness of tax collection; achieve the highest level of voluntary taxpayer compliance; continuously improve agency performance; contribute to the fiscal and economic well-being of the state; and provide a positive and professional workplace.
Our employees are dedicated to public service and have many opportunities for personal and professional growth!
What our employees say
“I love the Tax Attorney 1 position because every day presents new, interesting opportunities to grow professionally in a supportive, inclusive environment.” -Ben Mileski, Tax Attorney 1
“It is an honor to be trusted with the enforcement of the tax laws on behalf of the individual businesses of the state; so many people work hard and comply with the laws, and no one should receive an unfair advantage because of their refusal to follow the law.” -Rose-Ellen El Khoury, Tax Attorney 2
• In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
• The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
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Important Information After You Apply
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• The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Revenue Services, this class is accountable for performing duties on legal and litigation matters including assisting in preparing and representing the Commissioner before the State's Tax Court, providing legal advice to department administrators, providing information on legal matters to members of the public and drafting and issuing rulings and determinations involving a wide range of legal and tax matters.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
As a legal practitioner, researches legal issues; assists in performing and eventually performs more complex legal work; prepares and represents the Commissioner in litigated tax appeals; issues and responds to discovery; drafts and responds to pleadings; drafts, responds to and argues various motions; drafts memoranda of law; prepares witnesses, conducts trials and drafts closing documents; prepares rulings and opinions; assists in drafting of proposed regulations and legislation; may act independently in areas assigned; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of basic law and legal process, legal principles and practices and administrative law; knowledge of state statutes and case law pertaining to state taxes; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze and draft legal documents.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A degree from an accredited Law School.
- Experience in tax law, through course work, internship, volunteering, or work experience.
- Experience conducting complex legal research and in drafting legal briefs and memoranda.
Incumbents in this class must be admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut within one (1) year of the date of appointment. Pursuant to Section 51-88 of the Connecticut General Statutes, an incumbent who has not been admitted to practice law may not "assume, use or advertise the title of lawyer, attorney and counsel at law, counselor at law, attorney, counselor, attorney and counselor, or an equivalent term, in such a manner as to convey the impression that he is a legal practitioner of law". Until such time that an incumbent is admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut, the incumbent shall be referred to as a Legal Assistant.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.