EY Tax Manager – Indirect Tax Services – Controversy/Illinois State Desk in Chicago, Illinois

Tax Manager – Indirect Tax Services – Controversy/Illinois State Desk


Requisition # CHI007CE

Post Date 13 hours ago


The tax landscape is constantly evolving, and more than ever, staying at the forefront is all about identifying and adapting to change. As a Tax Manager, you’ll see this first hand by being immersed in the evolving tax environment through technical developments in Illinois income and franchise tax laws, consulting with client teams on the preparation of Illinois income tax filings, advising teams on planning opportunities and refund reviews, and coaching and developing staff on your engagement teams.

The opportunity

As a member of the Illinois Income Tax State Desk team, you will be a key member of EY's State Tax Desk Network, a group of senior EY staff and partners with a state-specific focus. We pride ourselves on the strength of our Desk Network and its ability to provide our clients the most holistic, integrated, and end-to-end service in every state. Via the Desk Network, we help businesses improve tax performance, better manage controversy, and resolve tax disputes, wherever they do business. We believe that by managing our clients' state tax obligations responsibly and proactively, we can make a critical difference. You will also be a member of the Central Region Controversy team where you will assist with state tax controversy projects throughout the Midwest.

Your key responsibilities

As a member of the Illinois Income Tax Desk team, you will provide clients and internal teams technical Illinois income tax advice in a variety of contexts, including tax provisions, income and franchise tax return positions, income tax audits, refund reviews, restructuring projects, nexus determinations and penalty abatement requests, to name only a few. The Income/Franchise Tax Manager must be comfortable identifying and articulating risks inherent in any advice and must be consistently mindful of future controversy. And speaking of controversy, we will also look to you to be a key asset to our Central Region Controversy team where you’ll research and draft administrative appeals, argue tax appeals before administrative bodies, assist clients in defending audits, and manage voluntary disclosure processes for clients throughout the Central Region. We’ll also look to you to develop creative tax controversy solutions that can be leveraged nationally.

Skills and attributes for success

  • Successful oral and written advocate

  • Provide practical Illinois income tax advice and recommendations tailored to each client’s unique needs

  • Communicate complex tax issues to non-tax professionals and clients

  • Identify and react to risks and opportunities to improve our services and processes

  • Stay current on Illinois statutory, regulatory, and case law developments

  • Keep up to date with ongoing trends in the state tax landscape

  • Build effective long-term relationships with our clients, revenue department staff, and colleagues at all levels

  • Develop the technical and soft skills of more junior colleagues, and participate in the performance management process

To qualify for the role you must have

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or a graduate degree in Tax or Law and approximately five to seven years of related work experience

  • CPA certification or licensed attorney status

  • A thorough background in state income tax consulting and controversy, including strong familiarity with Illinois income and franchise tax laws

  • Strong collaboration and negotiation skills, and the confidence to engage with internal and external clients directly

  • Excellent communication skills

  • The ability to prioritize when working on multiple projects,

Ideally, you’ll also have

  • A proven record in a professional services environment

  • Experience managing projects and budgets

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail

  • The ability to adapt your work style to work with both internal and client team members

What we look for

We’re interested in people who are ready to become a part of a highly engaged, diverse, and dynamic team to help us continue to make a real difference to our clients. If you have a strong client focus, the ability to develop meaningful relationships, a keen interest in tax controversy, and the ambition to deliver above and beyond expectations, this role is for you.

What working at EY offers

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, both pension and 401(k) plans, a minimum of 15 days of vacation plus ten observed holidays and three paid personal days, and a range of programs and benefits designed to support your physical, financial and social well-being. Plus, we offer:

  • A collaborative culture, and the opportunity to work with some of the most engaging and knowledgeable colleagues in the industry

  • Significant opportunities to build a diverse portfolio of contacts by directly engaging our clients

  • A culture that encourages colleagues to develop new skills and progress within the business

  • The freedom and flexibility to drive your career to meet your own personal and professional goals

About EY

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we hire and develop the most passionate people in their field to help build a better working world. This starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. So that whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

Join us in building a better working world. Apply now.

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