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Tax Attorney

Tax Attorneys provide legal advice to the Agency on the full range of tax matters.

  • Full-Time
  • $72,030 -$170,800*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an ABA-accredited law school

About the Job

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) provides legal advice and policy counsel to the Director of the CIA (DCIA) and other CIA officers on a variety of legal issues, to include intelligence and national security law; procurement and acquisition law; employment and personnel law; government ethics; fiscal law; general administrative law; privacy and civil liberties, and legislative affairs.

As the Tax Attorney for the CIA’s Office of General Counsel, you will be responsible for providing legal advice to the Agency on the full range of tax matters.  You will handle the unique and challenging tax-related issues attendant to the Agency conducting its national security mission.  To this end, you will advise on state, federal, and international tax compliance relative to clandestine operations, as well as serve as an expert tax resource to help ensure ongoing operations and relationships remain clandestine.  You will also provide legal advice to the administrative elements of the Agency responsible for all variety of employment-related tax matters.  As the sole attorney handling the full breadth of the Agency’s tax matters, the successful applicant will have a broad working knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code, have the professional confidence to work autonomously, and be willing to assume one of the most unique and eclectic tax practices offered anywhere.  An LL.M. in Taxation is preferred, but is not required.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an ABA-accredited law school; LL.M. in Taxation preferred, but not required
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Active bar membership from any of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant legal experience with the ability to provide legal analysis and advice of the Internal Revenue Code, state and local tax laws, and all other applicable tax laws, tax treaties, and relevant Executive Orders.
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • All applicants are reviewed for the following competencies:
    • Legal analysis, reasoning and writing, including the ability to effectively integrate and synthesize facts and law to make legally sound decisions, including in compressed timeframes.
    • Interpersonal and communication skills.
    • The ability to work both independently and as a team member in a demanding environment.
    • The ability to exercise sound judgment in challenging situations.
    • Willingness to consider diverse perspectives and ability to navigate changing circumstances.
    • Ability to effectively manage multiple work assignments and competing priorities concurrently.
    • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships inside and outside the CIA.
    • Demonstrated expertise on complex legal matters, and strong client counseling skills.

What You’ll Need to Apply

  • Resume
  • Unofficial law school transcripts for J.D. and LL.M. (if applicable)
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position.
    • Lateral applicants should address their legal expertise and knowledge; their legal analysis and writing skills; and their interpersonal skills and impact.
  • Legal writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. You may include an excerpt from a longer document and provide a brief synopsis to provide context for your excerpt and redact any names for privacy.  Please exclude any non-substantive portions from your submission (Table of Contents, Table of Authorities, etc.).  A writing sample from within the last three years that demonstrates legal analysis is preferred.
  • Full name and contact information for three legal references.

Failure to include any of the above will result in your application being closed without review.