Tax Accountant III

5 - 7 years experience  •  Insurance

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/21/17
Columbus, GA
5 - 7 years experience
Insurance
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/21/17

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

Prepares federal, state, and local income tax returns; reviews tax returns; collects, organizes, analyzes, and evaluates financial data and other related information necessary for the accurate preparation of tax returns; prepares returns in accordance with established policies and procedures; ensures returns are filed by required deadlines

 

Researches technical issues, and interprets and applies laws, regulations, and municipal ordinances; acts in an advisory capacity working with division management and/or designated representatives providing guidance and direction on and clarifying the interpretation of the accounting procedures, policies, and practices of the company and applicable regulatory authorities

 

Prepares and compiles calculations of deferred taxes pursuant to FAS 109 and SSAP 10; applies GAAP, Statutory, and income tax accounting principles to analysis of financial transactions for accurate reporting in applicable financial statements

 

Performs duties with minimal direction for independent action and decision-making; interprets and applies laws and regulations; acts in an advisory capacity working with division management and/or delegated representatives providing guidance and direction on, and clarifying the interpretation of, the company’s and regulatory financial and accounting procedures, policies, and practices; assists with the training and development of junior team members

 

Collects, organizes, analyzes, and evaluates intermediate/complex financial data and other related information; completes quantitative and qualitative reviews, and prepares required internal and external records, reports, statistics, financial statements, analysis, stockholders’ reports, etc.; develops and presents conclusions and recommendations to management; leads or participates on project teams or committees, assisting with the development and implementation of goals and objectives aimed at enhancing customer service, process improvement, and resource management

 

Identifies and resolves accounting and financial transaction discrepancies, and provides detailed explanations for variances between actual and planned activities; maintains complete and accurate regulatory filings; develops, analyzes, and implements accounting procedures in a systems environment in conformance with GAAP, SSAP, SEC, IRS, and other regulatory standards; audits and evaluates systems’ and procedures’ effectiveness, and confirms the consistent application of accounting pronouncements and policies

 

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with business partners, and state and federal agencies; stays abreast of current trends and regulatory changes in the industry; conducts benchmarking activities with other companies and organizations within and outside the industry, and recommends alternative business practices, procedures, solutions, and strategies based on best practice research; assists senior team members in developing and implementing new applications and analytical models, or enhancing existing systems

 

Performs other duties as required

Qualifications

 

Education & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field and five years of professional job-related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience

 

A minimum of three years of corporate-level tax accounting experience in an organization of comparable size

 

Insurance industry accounting experience preferred

 

CPA certification preferred

 

Job Knowledge & Skills

Comprehensive knowledge of Internal Revenue Service code and regulations, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), SEC, Statutory Accounting Principles (SSAP), state insurance department statutes, federal, and other state regulations, with an emphasis on tax accounting

 

Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of accounting and tax systems user applications (SAP, CCH, BNA software preferred), including input/output processing and complex system concepts, and ability to understand and use computer systems and application tools for analysis

 

Experience and proficient in Microsoft Office with intermediate Excel skills

 

Strong knowledge and demonstrated experience performing complex financial analysis and related valuation methodologies, systems and quantitative business-based analysis, metrics, and experimental designs; ability to prepare statistical studies and trend analysis using internal and external information to demonstrate relevant changes and recommend improvements or solutions

 

Demonstrated competencies in the areas of consulting, change management, quality, and project management

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