Tax Analyst II

Posted Date: Apr-14-2017

Job ID: 7022

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Finance

City: Kent

State: Washington


What's cool about this job

The Tax Analyst/Senior Tax Analyst contributes to REI’s success by providing strategic support in all aspects of indirect tax.  This position requires in-depth knowledge of tax law and broad experience in indirect tax and is accountable for timely and accurate compliance, developing, streamlining and documenting processes.  This position also initiates cross-divisional collaborations to ensure REI is in compliance and to minimize risks.  Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.   


Strategic Tax Planning and Projects

  • Analyze tax laws and assist in planning company activities to minimize the company’s tax burden
  • Keep abreast of tax law developments through reading, continuing educations, and networking with other retail companies and tax professionals
  • Analyze proposed/adopted tax legislations and state court case rulings, measuring the impact of such legislations and cases as applied to our business, and communicating any impact on future tax liability to team members.
  • Perform special tax research projects and effectively communicate results to management
  • Proactively identify, evaluate, and pursue tax savings opportunities
  • Identify and evaluate company’s exposure and implement resolutions to minimize risks.
  • Streamline and document processes.  

Compliance and Tax Accounting

  • Prepare, review, and audit tax compliance
  • Prepare and analyze monthly general ledger reconciliations for tax reporting accounts and complete journal entries
  • Monitor changes in tax legislations, update team and management on discovered modifications, and initiate alterations to comply with authoritative requirements
  • Actively support internal departments to ensure business activities are tax compliant
  • Assist Tax Manager in training and overseeing tax analyst I
  • Analyze/validate tax correspondence from tax jurisdictions and prepare strategic response to Taxing Authorities
  • Oversee vendor research relating to REI’s procurement taxability
  • Research and monitor tax rate and rule changes and send out communication
  • Coordinate validation and implementation of sales tax system updates, upgrades, or changes
  • Troubleshoot system errors and collaboratively work with IT and third party vendor to resolve issues
  • Coach and assist Retail Operations and Customer Service teams in handling tax issues with customers
  • Support tax audits including pulling and analyzing relevant data.  Develop and deliver company’s position to auditors.  Assist with audit assesstments negotiations in support of company’s position.
  • Proactively participate and assist in developing tax audit strategies for minimizing tax liabilities
  • Timely respond to auditor requests, tax assessments, or notices and manage written and verbal communication with state and local tax representatives

Bring your passion and expertise

Requirements:

Tax Analyst

  • BA or BS in Accounting, Finance, or equivalent
  • 3+ years of broad indirect tax experience in a multi-state environment (retail a plus)
  • CPA or advanced tax degreed desired but not required
  • 3+ years of tax research software experience and project management
  • Knowledge of applicable tax software and automated accounting systems (Taxware/ Vertex, Thomson Reuters Onesource and Checkpoint, and SAP a plus) and advanced Microsoft Excel
  • Effective work methods and good organization and time management skills
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and objectively solve problems, and excellent follow through and attention to detail

Senior Tax Analyst

  • BA or BS in Accounting, Finance, or equivalent
  • 5+ years of broad indirect tax experience in a multi-state environment (retail a plus)
  • CPA or advanced tax degreed desired but not required
  • 5+ years of tax research software experience and project management
  • Knowledge of applicable tax software and automated accounting systems (Taxware/ Vertex, Thomson Reuters Onesource and Checkpoint, and SAP a plus) and advanced Microsoft Excel
  • Effective work methods and good organization and time management skills
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and objectively solve problems, and excellent follow through and attention to detail

Why you'll love it here

We’re a passionate community of people who believe in one simple truth: an outdoor life is a life well-lived. REI is a co-op, born in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in 1938. We’re here to help our over 6 million active members have amazing experiences outside—and do the same ourselves. Bring your creativity, customer focus and enthusiasm for living life outdoors—we can’t wait to meet you!

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 20 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 12,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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ARTICLE 23-A, Section 753
LICENSURE AND EMPLOYMENT OF PERSONS PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF ONE OR MORE CRIMINAL OFFENSES

§753. Factors to be considered concerning a previous criminal conviction; presumption.

1. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall consider the following factors:

(a) The public policy of this state, as expressed in this act, to encourage the licensure and employment of persons previously convicted of one or more criminal offenses.

(b) The specific duties and responsibilities necessarily related to the license or employment sought or held by the person.

(c) The bearing, if any, the criminal offense or offenses for which the person was previously convicted will have on his fitness or ability to perform one or more such duties or responsibilities.

(d) The time which has elapsed since the occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(e) The age of the person at the time of occurrence of the criminal offense or offenses.

(f) The seriousness of the offense or offenses.

(g) Any information produced by the person, or produced on his behalf, in regard to his rehabilitation and good conduct.

(h) The legitimate interest of the public agency or private employer in protecting property, and the safety and welfare of specific individuals or the general public.

2. In making a determination pursuant to section seven hundred fifty-two of this chapter, the public agency or private employer shall also give consideration to a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct issued to the applicant, which certificate shall create a presumption of rehabilitation in regard to the offense or offenses specified therein.