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Tax Counsel The candidate will own and manage portfolio of approximately 40 active audits, appeals and voluntary disclosures in process at any given time. Assign teams, provide strategic direction and support, review tax technical positions and sign off on all settlements. Budget, engage and manage internal and external resources to bring audits to resolution. Identify tax planning and process improvement opportunities across both income and indirect tax to reduce cash tax, increase compliance and/or increase process efficiency. Understand and quantify impacts of proposed planning on the business and customers. Support tax team in determining the root cause of known defects and in developing practical countermeasures. Represent the tax function across the organization to effect change. Maintain list of known tax defects/opportunities, track resolution and report to executive management on progress. Perform ad hoc tax research across all areas of tax including U.S. federal and state income, employment, franchise, sales, seller's use, gross receipts, and other taxes, as applicable. Draft and review internal tax technical memoranda for significant tax return positions, transactions and day-to-day tax advice provided to the business. Sign off on new product and service taxability assignments. Proactively monitor tax developments with material effects on the business, communicate implications to executive management and coordinate appropriate response(s). Work closely with legal, sales, privacy/compliance and procurement teams to review, draft and negotiate the tax-related aspects of commercial purchase and sale contracts, partnership/co-marketing agreements and other commercial arrangements. Participate in cross-functional teams related to deal due diligence and structuring, M&A agreement terms and disclosures, internal restructurings, new market entry and other significant internal change management projects.

The candidate should have a J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school. LLM in Tax preferred; License to practice (active or dormant). Should have 5-7 years of tax-related experience, with a minimum of 3 years at a national law or accounting firm. Several years of in-house experience or demonstrated hands-on experience outsourcing client functions preferred. Leadership experience with direct reports and cross-functional teams. Must be able to create an atmosphere of trust, leverage diverse views, coach staff, and encourage sustainable improvement and innovation while negotiating in a professional manner through resources and other constraints. Can identify and address customer needs in a responsive manner. Sets realistic expectations and proactively communicates outcomes. Widely respected and known as a ?person who can help. Builds trust and nurtures broad informal networks and relationships. Possesses general business knowledge including how companies work, the current macro-economic environment and understanding of the business verticals the company and its customers operate in. Must be able to proactively and rapidly identify what is important to different internal and external stakeholders, be able to synthesize how tax impacts those stakeholders and the financial and operational performance of the business. Is a life-long learner and is insatiably curious. Understands technology, how data flows through large organizations and basic principles of information systems design. Must have a working understanding of accounting principles and how/where critical tax-supportive data can be found and be able to design ways to slice and dice that data to support taxability decisions, quantify exposures and opportunities and inform decision making.

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