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Tax Accountant III

Company: AFLAC
Location: Columbus
Posted on: September 24, 2022

Job Description:

Job Summary Prepares federal, state, and local 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 Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • 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
  • May function as the Information Reporting and Withholding lead for the Tax Department. Provides oversight and coordination for the company's Form 1099 reporting.
  • May function as the Transfer Pricing lead for the Tax Department. Responsible for the preparation of the annual Master and Local Files required for both US and Japan tax compliance.
  • 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 Education & Experience Required
    • Minimum Required Bachelors Degree accounting, finance, or a related field
    • Minimum Required five years of professional job-related work experience
    • Minimum Required three years of corporate-level tax accounting experience in an organization of comparable size Education & Experience Preferred
      • Preferred Insurance industry accounting experience
      • Preferred Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation Or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 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 Competencies
          • Acting with Integrity
          • Communicating Effectively
          • Pursuing Self-Development
          • Serving Customers
          • Supporting Change
          • Supporting Organizational Goals
          • Working with Diverse Populations Working Conditions The statements below describe the general nature and level of the work and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Normal office environment (virtual or in-person) Travel 10% Career Progression Acknowledgement Normal Career Progression - This is a normal career progression (NCP) position and incumbent may progress to the next level in the job family without further competition when there is an existing business need, qualifications identified in the job profile are met, advancement recommended by management, with human resources approval, and in accordance with company guidelines.

Keywords: AFLAC, Columbus , Tax Accountant III, Accounting, Auditing , Columbus, Georgia

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