Responsible for assistance with the development, management, maintenance and testing of the sales, telecom and use tax reporting functionality of U.S. Cellular, its subsidiaries and partnerships. This position will understand, document, test, and validate all systems and technology applications in use by the Tax Department. Provide expertise in the TOPS billing system functionality and in-depth technical knowledge of Vertex O and/or Vertex CommTax functionality.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Act as a team lead; training and mentoring less experienced associates.
Act as a representative at critical cross-functional project meetings.
Apply analytical skills and professional judgement while analyzing and reviewing complex transactions.
Ensure accurate customer taxation. Including, but not limited to, ensuring system data is maintained to include current monthly tax rate updates, taxability decision changes due to legislative updates and customer exempt sales.
Process monthly Vertex Communications Tax updates in the TOPS billing system. Validate updates to ensure proposed tax changes are correct and perform system testing of the update to ensure accuracy. Communicate tax changes to all impacted business partners.
Query, assemble, and analyze large amounts of data including tax data used for month-end accounting close, tax audits, and ad-hoc reporting.
Work within the TOPS Billing System environment to perform testing of TOPS end to end tax functionality. Documenting findings in a clear and concise manner.
Communicate with U.S. Cellular IT and TOPS billing teams to explain system issues and resolve issues in an accurate and timely manner.
Represent the Tax department on cross-functional project for U.S. Cellular products and initiatives ensuring transaction taxes are processed in accordance with applicable tax laws.
Perform detailed user acceptance testing for new functionality with tax impacts, certifying that the billing and financial systems are recording transactions accurately to ensure customer taxation is in compliance with tax laws.
Develop, improve, and enhance system reports used to facilitate the tax compliance process.
Test and validate SAP general ledger reporting, query data, and other data gathered for use in the tax compliance processes to check for accuracy and completeness.
Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Accounting, Business, or Information Systems.
Five (5) or more years of experience in accounting, finance, or tax.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - ability to establish and maintain professional productive relationships.
Excellent data management skills including data mining capability.
Proficiency in Microsoft products (Excel, Access, and Word).
Ability to work independently to solve problems and the ability to document findings in a logical manner.
Ability to aggregate and analyze large amounts of data in an efficient manner.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills with attention to detail.
Continuous improvement mindset.
Demonstrated success to independently resolve and/or develop recommendations for unprecedented, complex issues and problems.
Ability to anticipate problems and develop recommendations for management resolution.
Ability to communicate issues of a complex nature in a clear, concise, and organized manner.
Experience with tax software systems, particularly telecommunications billing system taxation and Vertex Communications Tax.
Experience with SQL.
Job : Accounting
Location(s) : Illinois-CHICAGO_IL
U.S. Cellular® is an EEO employer and gives consideration to qualified applicants without regard to race/color/age/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/national origin/disability/veteran status, pregnancy or genetic information.
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