Senior State and Local Tax Accountant

Protegis Fire & Safety
12 Oct 2019
28 Oct 2019
Job role
Contract type
Full time


The Senior State and Local Tax Accountant will be the lead internal tax resource for our high growth company reporting directly to the Corporate Controller. Primarily responsible for the Company's sales and use, state, and local tax reporting for a multistate Company with both retail and service activities. This includes the being the point of contact for our outside Accounting Firm who currently prepares our Federal, State, and Local returns, and for Taxing Authorities in responding to notices and informational document requests relating to audits and inquiries. This position will also support the Corporate Controller on acquisitions due diligence, special tax projects, research, and analysis.

The Senior State and Local Tax Accountant will ensure compliance with Sales & Use tax laws by ensuring Avalara AvaTax, our tax compliance software, is setup correctly and is up–to–date. This position will also look to internalize some functions that are currently outsourced to reduce our reliance on outside resources.

This is a growth position and we are looking for an individual who can get the near–term tactical initiatives documented and accomplished, and who also has the desire and ability to grow with the company.


?? Owns Avalara AvaTax ensuring that the current NAV implementation and integration is set up correctly, maintains current Great Plains installation, and maintains ongoing NAV installation.

?? Reviews revenue producing contracts to ensure any tax related issues are accounted for appropriately.

?? Audits transactions periodically to ensure sales and use tax is being calculated and reported correctly.

?? Researches state and local, and sales and use tax rates, rules, and related topics.

?? Receives, reviews and processes customers' exemption certificates in Avalara CertCapture application.

?? Coordinates filing of state and local income tax returns and franchise tax returns with outside Accounting Firm and develops a timeline for internalizing some of these returns.

?? Preparation of account reconciliations and journal entries related to all non–payroll related taxes. Initiates required estimated payments.

?? Maintains an in–depth knowledge of state and local sales and use tax laws, legislation and current developments.

?? Prepares and/or reviews responses to taxing authority notices.

?? Assists with state and local tax audits, including meeting with auditors, data collection and analysis. Interact with taxing authority auditors to respond to information requests.

?? Works with Operations to build efficient processes around tax components of sales and purchasing transactions.

?? Work with customers and vendors to resolve sales and use tax issues.


?? Bachelor's degree in Accounting, CPA or Masters in Tax is a plus.

?? Three or more years of experience in tax, with a significant focus on multi–state sales, use, and income tax. Public accounting or specific state and local tax in a large multi–jurisdiction entity preferred.

?? Experience with Transactional Tax Software required, Avalara experience a plus.

?? Experience with ERP Systems, Microsoft Navision or Great Plains a plus.

?? Highly proficient with MS Office Software applications, specifically Excel, a must.

?? Ability to extract, quantify, analyze, and report on data.

?? Knowledge of commonly–used concepts, practices, and procedures in the sales and use tax field.

?? Self–starter, performance–oriented, resourceful and able to meet the demands of a diverse business environment in a timely, accurate and efficient manner.

?? Demonstrated ability to recognize issues, identify root cause and develop solutions.


?? Basic life and long term disability insurance provided for all employees at no cost

?? Voluntary benefits: medical, vision, dental and short–term disability

?? 401k available with company match

?? Paid vacation and holidays

?? Tuition reimbursement program

?? Possibilities for career development in a growing and dynamic company with a culture that actively promotes from within.

?? Protegis Fire & Safety is an equal opportunity employer. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, driving record check, and pre–employment drug screening.

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