Sales and Use Tax Accountant

Job Description

Organization: Global Business Services
Business Unit: Tax
Requisition Number: 246912
Primary Location: United States-Florida-Orlando
Assignment Category: Full-time regular
Experience Level: Mid level
Education Required Level: Bachelor's Degree
Travel Required: 5%

Job Description:

You will be an integral part of tax team. Major areas of responsibility include: completing the monthly compliance cycle in a complex multi-jurisdiction environment; leading, coordinating, and participating in sales and use tax audit defense, reverse audits, tax consulting, tax planning, tax accounting and special projects to achieve. You will be responsible to insure Siemens Operating Companies are in compliance with transactional tax and business license (taxes) requirements while achieving assigned objectives and targets.

 
You will report to the manager of Functional Tax Services of Siemens Corp. The mission of the department is to provide comprehensive support to all represented Siemens Operating Companies for transactional taxes including: Sales and Use taxes, Property taxes, Business Licenses; 1042 compliance, and annual reports. You will be an individual contributor who demonstrates leadership skills, a comprehensive knowledge and principles of sales and use taxes. This position will interface with both internal and external contacts. External contacts will include taxing authorities, vendors, and partners.
 
Responsibilities:
 
Tax Compliance Activities
Timely submission of compliance data to partners to meeting filing requirements.
Review and follow up of funding request to insure payments are made to meet filing deadlines.
Complete compliance activities to ensure Functional Tax Services (FTS) complies with SOC service level agreements.
Participate in weekly partner calls, partner compliance activities, complete the monthly and yearly nexus reviews.
Complete the filing of refund claims identified in the account reconciliation process.
Follow up on all refund claims filed and receive funds within 365 days.
Provide registration and license recommendations and requirements to team members for processing to keep SOC’s in compliance.
 
Tax Consulting/Strategic Planning
Provide the business contacts with complex multi-state and local tax advice through tax law research that will increase tax compliance with the laws and regulations of state and local taxing authorities.
Provide tax analysis, planning, control and reporting for the business consistent with the Siemens guidelines and requirements for contract negotiations.
Document, comply, monitor, evaluate and update internal state and local tax policies and procedures and recommend alternatives to ensure compliance and reduce tax overspending.
Research, analyze and prepare multi-state business and affiliate state and local tax refund opportunities.
Recommends and implement process changes that reduce potential exposure
Prepare and conduct multi-state and local tax training workshops for the business and affiliates.
 
Tax Auditing/Reverse Audits
Complete the day to day work activities of the audit and consulting team to ensure the audit cycle is completed in a cost effective, accurate, and timely manner.
Identify, communicate, and conduct strategic audits/refunds to recover sales/use tax exposure amounts and overpayments
Compile, organize, document, and communicate business data for state and local taxing authorities to lead and conduct assigned business sales and use tax audits to minimize sales/use tax exposure amounts and overpayments
Communicate audit results as defined by FTS format and follow up on recommended improvements to decrease tax exposure identified.
File and pursue refund opportunities identified in external/ internal audits and identified overpayments.
 
Tax Processes
Document, monitor, evaluate, and update internal desktop procedures and process maps for compliance activities
Recommend, drive, and follow through on compliance process improvements to increase efficiencies and reduce tax exposure
Execute FTS SOX’s review and reporting requirements
 
Tax Accounting
Timely and accurately prepare account reconciliations for assigned sales and use tax accounts
Timely complete monthly compliance metrics
Prepare and recommend audit accrual reserve calculations.
Timely and accurately completing tax adjustments by obtaining the appropriate documentation and making entries into the ERP system.
 
Projects
Actively contribute and participate in assigned departmental goals and objectives to meet Siemens balance scorecard for assigned targets for financial, customer, process and employee targets.
Participate in sales and business licenses tax compliance segment of migrations for new SOC migrations by following established project plans.  Sample task can include: Establishing tax filing calendars, verifying data sources, reviewing parallel tax returns, verifying and ICC payment methods and vendors.
 
Required Knowledge/Skills, Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree required, Accounting or Finance highly preferred
5+ years of sales & use tax compliance and audit experience
Ability to multi-task multiple projects and have strong attention to detail
Provide sales & use tax analysis, concepts and consulting around practices and procedures with internal and external customers
Multi-state sales & use tax compliance
Ability to operate in multiple ERP systems (i.e. SAP)
Demonstrated knowledge of tax compliance systems (i.e.Vertex)
Prior experience with a major company or governmental entity preferred
CMI certification highly desirable
Advanced level skills in Excel, Word, Outlook, and Power Point
 
Preferred Knowledge/Skills and Experience:
Master’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
CMI certification highly desirable
Qualified Applicants must be legally authorized for employment in the United States. Qualified Applicants will not require employer sponsored work authorization now or in the future for employment in the United States.

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. Through the separately managed company Siemens Mobility, a leading supplier of smart mobility solutions for rail and road transport, Siemens is shaping the world market for passenger and freight services. Due to its majority stakes in the publicly listed companies Siemens Healthineers AG and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens is also a world-leading supplier of medical technology and digital healthcare services as well as environmentally friendly solutions for onshore and offshore wind power generation. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.1 billion. At the end of September 2018, the company had around 379,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

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