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VACANCY IN THE JUDICIAL AND LEGAL SERVICE
OF THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Vacant office of State Counsel I (Group L7B), Inland Revenue Division,
Ministry of Finance and the Economy
STATE COUNSEL I
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
• Minimum qualifications: Legal Education Certificate (LEC) and an LLB
Admission to practise Law in Trinidad and Tobago
Minimum experience: One (1) year experience as an Attorney-at-Law
Knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad & Tobago
Knowledge of basic Accounting Principles & Practice
Knowledge of Criminal Practice & Procedure
Knowledge of the civil and criminal laws of the country
Knowledge of the legal reference authorities and ability to utilize them in legal research
Knowledge of Court procedures and practices
Knowledge of the various types of legislative enactments used in meeting different situations and the procedure involved
in giving these the force of law
Good advocacy skills
Good legal drafting skills
Good interpersonal skills
Good communication skills both written and oral
Good analytical and reasoning skills
Good negotiation skills
Good human relations skills
Good computer skills
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Represents the Board of Inland Revenue at the Tax Appeal Board in the capacity of both instructing and advocate attorney
when defending tax assessments raised by the Board of Inland Revenue.
2. Appears with the Board's more senior legal officers of the Board if the matters reach Court of Appeal level.
3. Represents the Board of Inland Revenue in Judicial Review proceedings and Constitutional Motions.
4. Prosecutes taxpayers who commit offences under the various tax Acts in the Magistrate Court.
5. Conducts both criminal and civil matters.
Approval of Charities (20%)
1. Makes recommendations for the grant of charitable status to organizations of the purpose of corporation tax exemption.
Gives legal advice (30%)
1. Sits on and provides legal advice to various committees of the Board of Inland Revenue including Petroleum Taxes
Committee, Value Added Tax Committee, Large Taxpayers Unit, Compliance and Enforcement Committee, PAYE
Committee, Stamp Duty Committee, Criminal Investigations Unit, Freedom of Information and Forms Committee.
2. Responsible for advice and research relating to the on-going reform and restructuring exercise at the Board of Inland
Revenue. Also responsible for advising on the implementation of policy decisions relating to the restructuring and
reform of the Board of Inland Revenue.
3. Trains the Technical Officers of the Board of Inland Revenue by giving lectures on various aspects of tax law and procedure.
Salary: Group L7B: $9,500-$9,900 per month
Applications should be sent with COPIES of relevant documents no later than 22nd June, 2013 to:
The Director of Personnel Administration
Service Commissions Department
#52 -- 58 Woodford Street
Port of Spain
Professional Application Forms are obtainable from any District Revenue Office, the Chief Administrator, Tobago House of
Assembly, the Service Commissions Department or the Service Commission Department website at www.scd.org.tt. 0606024
MIAMI---Other than being widely known
by just the first syllable of their surnames,
the coaches who will match wits in these
NBA Finals may seem like polar opposites.
Of course, they would probably disagree
with that assertion.
Miami s Erik Spoelstra wears sharp suits
and is a stats guy; San Antonio s Gregg
Popovich often skips the tie and would
immeasurably prefer to answer questions
about wine than anything about himself.
Both are intensely private, but even during
an NBA Finals loaded with star power---the
"Big Three" from Miami, the "Big Three"
from San Antonio, a four-time MVP in
LeBron James, a four-time champion in
Tim Duncan---the coaches will share misery
in one way.
To their chagrin, Spo and Pop will be in
"It s easier to talk about how they are
similar versus how they are dissimilar," said
ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, a former NBA
coach who is part of the broadcast team for
the series that opens Thursday in Miami.
"They are both going to the Hall of Fame.
They both have tremendous respect from the coaches
they coach against, and they both have a level of
humility that I believe shows NBA coaching in the
most positive light possible."
Spoelstra is in the finals for the third straight year
and is looking for a second consecutive championship.
Popovich is going for his fifth title, the last of the
ones currently in his collection coming over James
and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2007, and could join
Phil Jackson as the only coaches to win championships
in three different decades.
So far, only Jackson, Red Auerbach, John Kundla
and Pat Riley---Spoelstra s mentor and boss in Miami---
have five rings as a head coach.
"Maybe I don t show it the way I should, but it s
pretty special," Popovich said, in a rare moment of
near-sheepishness, after his team beat Memphis and
won the West title for a fifth time. "I m just really
proud of the group the way they worked all year long
to get there, and I m sure that we ve been a team
that s probably been written off like they ve had their
Spoelstra took over for Riley five seasons ago, has
won nearly twice as many games as he s lost, and
has endured a constant circus of distractions ever
since the Heat acquired James and Chris Bosh to
play alongside Dwyane Wade in 2010. San Antonio
hasn t had anywhere near that sort of scrutiny; being
in a smaller market helps keep the level of attention
By now, Spoelstra doesn t even notice what he
calls "the noise." Even in the din of an Eastern Con-
ference championship celebration on Monday night---
actually during the trophy presentation ceremony---
Spoelstra found his mind drifting away from the
grind of facing the Indiana Pacers and onto the next
challenge, this duel with the Spurs for the NBA title.
"It s one of those few times in competitive team
sports you re not thinking about tomorrow, you re
not thinking about the previous games, you re not
thinking about what possibly may happen, you re
not thinking about the reward. All you re thinking
about is the desperation of that moment," Spoelstra
said. "That s a great place to live."
Spoelstra and Popovich are the last two coaches
standing. And in a few days, one of them is going
to cradle the Larry O Brien Trophy once again.
That action will be worth much more than any
"Erik is still in the phase where he gets more blame
for their losses than credit for their wins, but he s
going to the Hall of Fame. He s that good," Van Gundy
said. "His even-keel demeanor, his humility, I think
helps him really get the most out of his best players
and you know, it s fun to watch his teams, fun to
watch Pop s teams. I just love the grace and humility
both teams play with."
Spoelstra, Pop making the right moves
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg
Popovich. AP PHOTOS
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.
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