This role is responsible for providing indirect tax (primarily sales, use, meals, etc.) business support as well as managing all sales, meals, and other transaction tax related audits to ensure compliance with state/local laws and minimize the Company's tax posture. Representative of the Tax function with Franchisees on a regular basis as well as Company Senior Leadership as needed.
Research and advise operations, procurement, tax and other company management on the tax impact of existing or anticipated transactions including acquisitions, strategic initiaties, new products and/or jurisdictions, etc..
Provide recommendations and guidance regarding tax planning and other opportunities to minimize the company's tax posture and meet department and company goals.
Manage all multi-national (U.S. and Canada) sales, use, meals, and other transaction related tax audits and controversies.
Frequent oral and written communication with external tax auditors, defense of Company, resulting franchisee tax positions, and oversight of related financial statement reserves and risk quantification.
Manage multi-national (U.S. and Canada) product taxability determination system to ensure proper taxation of retail sales.
Tax review of promotions and other retail programs to support retail related strategic initiatives.
Manage sales tax procurement process to ensure proper taxation of fixed assets, expenses, and other non-resale items.
Oversight of Company invoice approval process and contract review to ensure favorable sales and other indirect tax consequences.
Assist with special projects as directed by department management consistent with department, finance team, and Company-wide goals and objections.
Track, review, and provide feedback to internal and external stakeholders on impact of new/pending tax legislation.
Assist Government Affairs team on tax related projects as required.
Education: Bachelors/4 Year Degree, CPA or Masters degree required.
Experience: 10+ years, U.S. multi-state and Canadian indirect tax and management of related audit.
Experience with and ability to interpret transaction tax statutes, regulations, rulings, etc.
Strong verbal and written communication skills (specifically research memorandums).
Strong research skills (CCH, RIA, other applicable on-line research tools).
Ability to handle a variety of projects, responsibilities and multi-task.