Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Tax Attorney 1

Recruitment #230106-8652AR-002

Introduction


Have you recently been admitted to the Connecticut Bar? Are you interested in Tax Law? If so, read below and apply today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has an exciting opportunity for a Tax Attorney 1 in the Litigation Division. 

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 in the Litigation Division you will be responsible for:
  • Assisting the other attorneys in the Division with all aspects of civil litigation, primarily consisting of tax appeals, including drafting routine motions, assisting with drafting written discovery, pretrial briefs and motions for summary judgment, and assisting in the preparation of trials. 
  • Providing legal guidance to the Department’s Appellate Division with respect to its review of administrative tax protests. 
  • Helping coordinate the Commissioner’s representation by the Office of the Attorney General and Office of the State’s Attorney in certain collections and criminal matters, respectively.
Counsel for Litigation is also responsible for coordinating with the Office of the Attorney General with respect to Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) matters.

This is a full-time position, 9:00AM-5:30PM, Monday-Friday, located at our office in Hartford. 

About us
The Litigation Division is responsible for representing the Commissioner of Revenue Service in actions before courts, boards, and commissions including, but not limited to, tax appeals in the Connecticut Superior Court and administrative proceedings such as those occurring in front of the Freedom of Information Commission. Litigation also coordinates the representation of the Commissioner’s interests in collections and criminal matters before Connecticut’s Superior Courts with the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the State’s Attorney.

In addition to the above, Litigation provides legal guidance to other units in the Department of Revenue Services regarding litigation matters, collections issues, tax crimes, and criminal procedure. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing and reviewing subpoenas, warrants, and collections forms and notices. Litigation counsel is responsible for providing internal and external guidance regarding Connecticut’s Insurance Premiums and Health Care Provider taxes including responding to internal and external inquiries, drafting publications, issuing rulings, and reviewing forms.

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


            

Selection Plan

To Apply
• 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.
• Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
• All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.

Important Information After You Apply

• This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
• Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
• Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
• The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Mackenzie Robinson at mackenzie.robinson@ct.gov.

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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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in tax law, through course work, internship, volunteering, or work experience.
  • Experience in civil litigation, through course work, internship, volunteering, or work experience.
  • Experience conducting complex legal research and in drafting legal briefs and memoranda.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

Conclusion

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.







The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.