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Renewable Energy Group Staff Accountant, Indirect Tax (Sales-Use) in Ames, Iowa


The purpose of this position is to ensure compliance with company policies and procedures, adherence to state and local tax laws, and be responsible for and assist with preparing state and local indirect tax returns and support various business processes and conduct tax research as needed. This position will require the valid application of tax laws and regulations to achieve financial objectives, and will be a member of the US indirect tax (motor fuel, sales/use tax, property tax, etc.) team within our Global Tax Department. Key responsibilities include being part of a team that works with the entire indirect tax life cycle, collaborate and provide support to the business by interpreting and simplifying tax laws/ regulations, contributing fresh and innovative ideas in the context of continuous improvement, and participating on a team to ensure tax returns are scheduled, prepared, and timely filed.


Life Cycle of Indirect Tax (40%)

• Learn and understand how the company captures data through its internal processes and within technology systems

• Prepare state and local sales/use and other indirect tax returns, as required

• Accurately prepare work papers and document positions in support of filed tax returns by collecting, analyzing, and organizing relevant information and research

• Timely file sales/use and other indirect tax returns and make payments in relevant jurisdictions

• Clearly communicate with taxing authorities during the audit process to ensure risk is managed and company positions are not compromised

• Prepare documentation to support and track communications with taxing authorities, during the tax life cycle and audits

• Perform data, account, and other reconciliations, as needed, to support internal controls and processes

• Assist with audit process by gathering necessary documents and information requested by taxing authorities

Business Support (30%)

• Understand and participate in internal operations and processes that support business activities

• Conduct research regarding state and local sales/use tax laws, and present findings to supervisors and tax management

• Document research and conclusions in memos relating to proposed and existing business transactions

• Analyze fact patterns and recommend solutions by logically applying tax law to support positions within tax policies

• Ensure quality of all advice, communications, and work products, by maintaining professional and technical knowledge

• Collaborate with internal stakeholders to achieve issue resolution and common ground

• Participate on special projects as a contributor by gathering information, conducting research, and performing analysis

• Prioritize projects and effectively communicate to stakeholders in accomplishing individual, team, and company goals

• Assist and contribute to internal processes needed to support business objectives and manage tax risk

Continuous Improvement (20%)

• Leverage knowledge of sales/use and other indirect tax laws and reporting requirements to increase operational efficiencies and effectiveness

• Invest in relationships to better understand the business and internal operations to identify innovative ways to accomplish company and team goals

• Understand and utilize technology to improve efficiencies, accuracy, and manage tax risk

• Identify areas for improvement by utilizing tax law and business knowledge to reach team objectives

• Recommend process improvements and / or new technologies that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness

Other Frequent Duties (10%)

• Maintain positive and productive relationships with outside stakeholders, including customers, vendors, advisors, financial auditors, and tax auditors

• Recommend improvements and/or new technologies that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness of internal processes

• Manage and contribute to team effort by accomplishing desired results, including work on team oriented and cross-functional special projects

• Comply with company policies and procedures

• Perform other projects and tasks as assigned


Preferred Education:4-year Bachelor’s Degree – Accounting, Finance, or related business degree; Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification or working towards certification is a plus.

Preferred Experience: 0-4 years of Accounting, Tax or Financial experience. Working knowledge of indirect tax compliance software is a plus (i.e., Avalara). Some knowledge of Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne or other enterprise software programs like SAP and People Soft and its applications is also a plus.

Special skills, knowledge, or certifications preferred:

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• Desire to learn new concepts and technical skills

• Ability to work in a fluid environment as the business continues to expand and grow

• Great attention to detail

• Ability to independently solve problems

• Excellent time management and organization skills

REG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status.