Tax Specialist (11.18)

Golden State Water Company is one of the largest investor-owned water utilities in the United States. We have been all about water for more than 80 years. Our team of professionals delivers reliable, quality water and great service to customers in 75 communities across California.
The Tax Specialist is accountable for: completing assignments pertaining to all areas of responsibility of the Tax Department, primarily income tax provisions and related SEC footnote disclosures and federal, state and local income tax return filings. The range of tax work is varied as the Company relies on its in-house Tax Department to satisfy a broad range of Company tax responsibilities.
The Tax Specialist is expected to complete assignments by working independently with minimal supervision where attention to detail is critical; excellent judgment and discretion are reflected in work product, recommendations, and decisions are made; and strong analytical and communication skills are demonstrated.
Key Performance Indicators:
Independent, timely and efficient completion of accurate work product, supported by well-organized documentation adhering to Company and Tax Department policies and procedures
Timely and accurate application of new income tax law and developments in a strategic manner, with thorough/comprehensive analysis and
Effective coordination with the Tax Department and Accounting & Finance personnel and other individuals within the Company, both as customers of tax services and providers of information to enable the Tax Department to deliver its services
Detail-oriented, flexible, logical, accountable, approachable, and passionate about work
Maintains calm, professional, positive and collaborative attitude in all work circumstances, which recurringly include deadline-driven and changing external circumstances (e.g., incorporating new information/tax law within inflexible government-determined deadlines)
Possesses strong organizational, project-planning and management skills
Communicates with accuracy and precision in writing and speaking
Proficiently uses technology and re-evaluates processes to increase efficiency, accuracy and appropriate level of documentation through the skilled application of technology tools
Willing to consider and adopt new approaches in a positive manner including those that modify or supersede approaches that are well-entrenched
Primarily preparation, and some review, of:
income tax provisions and related SEC footnote disclosures
federal, state and local income tax return filings
estimated tax payment computations
tax projections, including ratemaking-related
regulatory agency filings
utility-plant tax computations (e.g., depreciation, gain/loss, etc.)
information return filings
property tax filings
transaction tax filings
Perform federal, state and local tax research in support of compliance and planning
Prepare tax-related correspondence
Perform other duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree in Business, Accounting or related discipline.
CPA License and/or MS/MB in Taxation degree preferred.
Four years of experience performing corporate tax and accounting work.
ASC 740 tax accounting experience preferred.
Knowledge of business tax compliance, with focus on federal and state corporate income tax compliance (including consolidation/combination); proficiency with tax-preparation software, including import functions.
Utility experience preferred.
Proficiency in Microsoft applications; advanced Excel skills preferred.
Excellent writing and verbal skills.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
The responsibilities of this position will involve access to information that may be considered confidential, private and sensitive. Therefore, the individual filling this position will be required to both allow and pass a background check.
NOTE: Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with special needs to perform the essential functions.
May include but not limited to standing, climbing, walking, lifting, bending, pulling and/or pushing, grasping, reaching, stooping and crouching, sitting, typing, walking, reading, writing, color determination, speaking and listening for extended periods of time.

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