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Sr Tax Analyst

Date: Jul 20, 2021

Location: Jackson, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities.  Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.  We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.

At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.


Senior Tax Analyst

CMS Energy’s Corporate Tax Team seeks a Senior Tax Analyst with an advanced knowledge of tax, ASC 740, internal controls, SEC reporting, and/or utility tax regulatory principles. The ideal candidate is a self-motivated, continuously improving team player interested in working in an environment with a wide array of specialized tax issues. The Senior Tax Analyst makes decisions and exercises technical judgment within the scope of a system or project and may make final recommendations in support of tax issues of substantial importance to the Company.

Our offices are open and we are “Together Again”.  We offer a hybrid work environment. On occasion, you will need to travel to attend off-site training sessions, meetings and between Company locations. 

Key responsibilities:

Support co-sourcing of federal, state, and local income tax returns and estimated payments preparation.

Prepare and review monthly, quarterly, and year-end tax provisions and income tax allocation for CMS Energy’s consolidated group.

Perform federal and state tax research and effectively communicate findings, including legislative updates, tax planning and state apportionment.

Collaborate with various departments to create and analyze the company’s tax forecast.

Assist with federal, state and local audit requests related to income, sales and use tax.

Employ problem solving/process improvement methodologies to streamline and standardize compliance and accounting activities.

Key Competencies, Knowledge, and Skills:

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance related degree;
  • CPA or Master of Taxation preferred;
  • 7+ years tax experience in public accounting (Big 4 preferred) a corporate environment;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong tax research skills;
  • Experience with SAP, tax compliance software and provision software, such as PowerPlant;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, priorities, deadlines, and budgets;
  • Excellent technology skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.


The Tax Analyst Job Family is utilized primarily in the Tax department.  Performing all of the Tax functions for the Company including but not limited to: monthly, quarterly, and year-end tax return and statement preparation and analysis; budgeting, forecasting, tax statement preparation and analysis; tax compliance SOX, and other compliance roles; support business decision making with budgets, forecasts, cost analysis, and performance reporting such as KPIs, project analysis, ROI, NPV, and IRR.


Nature of Work

The essence of the work that is performed by the Tax Analyst Job Family is a wide variety of Tax analysis, involving following the IRS tax code and generally accepted Tax practices and using accepted tax theory.


At the lowest level in this job family, the work performed may tend to be of a routine and less complex nature where the work responsibilities can be proficiently performed after a relatively short training period.


At the highest levels in this job family the work performed will tend to be of a complex nature involving knowledge of various functional/specialized disciplines where the work responsibilities can only be proficiently performed after a relatively long training / experience-related time period and often requires an advanced degree.  The work environment often includes dealing with risk and limiting exposure.


Leadership, management, facilitation and interaction with senior management will be markedly increased at the mid - highest levels of this job family while the need for direction and supervision will be markedly decreased.  While problem solving and analysis will likely be required at all levels, recommendation and implementation becomes the norm at the highest levels and will often have a major bearing on the company’s business.  In addition, skills such as the ability to think on your feet, composure under fire and effective communication across all levels of the organization and with outside stakeholders become more finely honed at the higher levels.  Regular attendance is expected. 


Essential Functions


Prepare analysis of planning ideas for management highlighting the risk/opportunities.  Consult with external tax advisors.  Analyze and ensure accurate and timely filing of Federal consolidated return.  Ensure the reporting of International activity into the Federal return.  Review quarterly estimated income tax payment calculations.  Assist with Federal quarterly and annual tax calculations.  Participate in ongoing IRS audits, and all submissions, resolve Federal tax notices.  Assist in yearend FAS 109.  Analyze and report annual uncertain tax positions along with FIN 48 documentation.  Analyze book/tax data for all Corporation entities.  Interpret and apply IRC sections in order to calculate and/or review book/tax differences.  Analyze US federal income tax issues related to IRS audits.  Advise business and functional leaders on tax risks /opportunities on contracts or transaction, both domestic and foreign.  Analyze the impact of future law changes and their impact on the company’s tax position.










Hours and Travel


Occasional travel to attend off-site meetings, training sessions and travel between Company locations.  Meet travel requirements of the position.  Work a flexible schedule, which may include evenings, weekends, holidays and overtime.


Physical Demands


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear.   The employee must lift and move up to twenty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Nearest Major Market: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor

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