Sales and Use Tax Accountant

Equity Residential Augusta, GA 2019-04-16
Description :
Working for Equity Residential means being part of a community and striving to provide the best in apartment living, speaking boldly about new ideas for innovation, and inspiring creativity in the ways we work together. That’s what our Be.Think.Play.Live. culture is all about.

As a Sales and Use Tax Accountant (which we refer to internally as a “Regional Accountant”), you will be responsible for the preparation of multi-state sales and use tax returns as well as monthly account reconciliations for sales and use tax. Additionally, you will assist with tax audits, including preparing responses to notices and other tax-related inquiries and maintaining the tax compliance calendar. You will leverage your critical thinking skills to conduct necessary research, analyze large sets of data, and propose solutions to improve process efficiencies. As a Sales and Use Tax Accountant for Equity Residential, you will work as an integral part of a collaborative team, and will play an active role in contributing to the greater accounting initiatives of a publicly traded real estate investment trust that acquires, develops, owns, and manages high quality apartment properties in top U.S. growth markets.

  • Knowledgeable. Through previous work and/or school experiences, you’ve been exposed to accounting principles and enjoy the concepts of measuring, processing, and communicating business-related financial information.
  • Organized, Efficient, and Accountable. You have a keen eye for detail and pride yourself on delivering quality work. You multitask well, re-prioritize accordingly, and meet deadlines consistently.  Above all, you are flexible and able to juggle the needs of changing priorities of the business. And when a special project arises, you are frequently known to volunteer.
  • A Critical Thinker.  You’re self-motivated to analyze and evaluate information gathered or received and take action to ask smart questions, challenge the status quo, and regularly seek to understand.
  • A Team Player. You enjoy partnering with others —whether internal or external— in order to get work done and deliver great results.
  • A Strong Communicator. Your writing and speaking skills are clear and effective, demonstrating your ability to be articulate and understood. 
  • Technologically Savvy. Tools like email and internet access start as basic necessities in your daily operation and you are comfortable using computers. Microsoft Excel is a tool you know how to organize and leverage in order to successfully manipulate information into a user friendly format. You also enjoy  researching trends, organizing data, and problem solving when your findings indicate further research is required.
  • Eager to Learn. You invest extra energy in opportunities that expand your current knowledge base and propel you toward reaching your goals. 
  • Ensure timely and accurate filing of sales and use tax returns on a monthly and ongoing basis; maintaining an accurate tax compliance calendar for the department.
  • Maintain supporting documentation, accounts, and records to support proper reporting procedures of tax and indirect returns.
  • Set up and close sales and use tax accounts based on property acquisition and property disposition activity.
  • Lead the sales and use tax audit process, including preparing responses to notices and other tax-related inquiries.
  • Conduct appropriate research and analyze large sets of data as needed in order to propose and implement improvements in system and process efficiency.
  • Serve as an internal accounting liaison for assigned portfolio and Equity Residential’s Central Business Group by helping to research and correct any property-level accounting issues, such as NSF returns and other bank correction notices.  
  • Participate in special accounting activities such as cash flow mortgage payments, replacement reserve requests, property accounting support, etc.
  • Prepare capital reclass packages, which involves obtaining appropriate approvals and collecting all necessary backup.  
  • Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Participate in special projects, as needed.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (with a business, accounting, or finance focus a plus) as well as 1+ years of accounting experience and demonstrated knowledge of basic accounting principles.
  • Experience filing for various states and/or general knowledge of state law is preferred.
  • Must have intermediate skills in Microsoft Word and Excel, plus some familiarity with Google applications.
  • Detail oriented and well-organized, with an ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize various responsibilities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to speak and write in a clear and articulate manner.
  • Team player that demonstrates flexibility and the ability to integrate and work well with others.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines without sacrificing quality of work product.
  • Motivated to succeed with capacity to assume increasing responsibility.

We recognize everyone has different needs outside of work. That’s why, in addition to a competitive benefits package (medical, dental, vision and paid time off), we offer many unique options to employees, like adoption benefits and paid time off for community service projects. To learn more, view our Total Wellbeing page here.