The Tax Reporting Manager in Cornell University's Division of Financial Affairs reporting to the Executive Director of Payroll and Tax Services, serves as the institution's primary resource for tax compliance reporting and related advice and direction to the campus community as well as administrative and accounting matters related to federal, state, local, and international tax laws and regulations.
As the Tax Reporting Manager, you will be responsible for
Providing management, guidance, and oversight to members of the tax team.
Managing tax reporting compliance and strategy including researching, monitoring, and interpreting current and proposed legislative tax developments, regulations, court cases, and issues relative to colleges and universities and advising Cornell leadership on needed actions.
Reviewing and monitoring university activities, especially ancillary services and potential unrelated business activities, to ensure compliance with tax regulations. Researching and advising university leadership and departments on tax consequences of new and proposed activities including but not limited to, unrelated business income, nonresident alien, employment reporting and withholding issues.
Monitoring the university's activity outside the U.S. and managing foreign tax reporting responsibilities.
Reviewing the university accounting system, contracts, transactions and situations involving tax issues and concerns; evaluating risks with an understanding of the budgetary impact of compliance on University departments; advising management of recommendations to mitigate adverse tax consequences.
Ensuring all applicable tax returns, are prepared and filed by the University on a timely basis with the appropriate taxing authority.
Reviewing monthly and/or quarterly federal, state and local employment tax withholding returns ensuring all applicable employment returns are filed on a timely basis with the appropriate taxing authority.
Coordinating and responding to all tax related information requests.
Providing expert decision support for specific transactions and/or circumstances for payroll, accounting and other financial departments as well as supply management, fund raising areas and other Cornell offices as needed.
Providing training to business service center staff and financial administrative staff concerning tax and other related regulatory and policy issues.
Ensure all of Cornell's and certain affiliates' tax returns are prepared, submitted, and paid on a timely basis.
Acting as the tax office contact during tax audits, and in tax settlement negotiations.
Providing advice to international faculty/student population, visiting researchers and guest lecturers, including guidance on U.S. income and employment tax withholding and reporting required for payments made to non-resident aliens, and application of tax treaty benefits.
Providing direct oversight and guidance to DFA Tax and Payroll staff on tax related activities.
Bachelor's degree with preference in Accounting or Finance, with a minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience with federal, state and local tax compliance with at least 5 years of experience in preparation of tax related materials and statements, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and income tax regulations and principles.
A basic understanding of international tax issues.
Thorough knowledge of personal computers and proficiency at spreadsheet and database software.
Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, with a wide range of contacts, both internal and external; ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, tax authorities, and the public.
Demonstrated success functioning as part of a team: flexible, well organized and capable of working well under pressure.
Ability to accomplish both broad institutional-wide projects as well as complex, individual assignments within stated deadlines.
Must possess skills necessary to successfully defend the university in IRS audits.
Discretion, tact, and good judgment for working with highly sensitive and confidential information essential.
Considerable skills in negotiating issues and in identifying and resolving problems in a timely manner.
JD, MBA or MS concentrating in Taxation.
Preferred experience with/in
New York State taxes and/or not-for-profit taxes
managing federal and/or state tax audits
major public accounting firm
writing and public speaking for broad audiences
higher education or non-profit environment.
Supervisory experience helpful.
No Visa sponsorship available for this position.
No relocation assistance available for this position.
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