Donald Korb, chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, is getting a ton of good press these days for his efforts to get the agency into the game of recruiting young tax attorney talent.It’s a rare week that goes by in my office that either I don’t have a direct conversation with a practitioner, or I don’t overhear talk from the editors and writers for our sister publications revolving around the ongoing quest of just about every accounting firm to attract and retain workers. So it’s probably by nature of the even smaller pool of candidates that the competition for tax attorneys isn’t the stuff of surveys and opinion polls.
In recent months however, that does seem to have changed a bit, mostly due to the efforts of Korb’s office. Whenever Korb speaks at top law schools, he delivers a quick sound bite for the benefits of taking a job with the IRS. The pay, between $65,000 and $70,000, might about half of what a first-year attorney could expect from a private firm, but Korb notes the number of benefits -- most attorneys work a 40-hour week, get into a courtroom within the first month and can choose the city where they work.
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