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Tax Guru

Date: Feb 5, 2019

Location: Jackson, MI, US

Company: Consumers Energy

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas.  At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do.  Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us!  Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.


We aren’t looking for a Tax Analyst.  That sounds like a boring job.  We are looking for another Energy Tax Guru with 2-5 years of experience who wants to specialize in the rapidly changing energy industry.  The Tax Guru we need has a base understanding of tax principles; including corporate tax return preparation, accounting for income taxes and basic tax research.  The Tax Guru we are seeking must be excited by the opportunity to use technology to solve puzzles with numbers.  But even more importantly, we are looking for a future leader of the tax organization.  To fit in with our team, you must be hard-working, display initiative, communicate well with others and be a life-long learner.


Primary responsibilities include:

As an Energy Tax Guru, we will expose you to array of complex tax issues in the regulated and non-regulated energy industry.  On a rotational basis, the Tax Guru will prepare complicated tax returns, perform monthly, quarterly and annual tax accounting and calculate tax depreciation using software systems.  The Tax Guru will also be introduced to the unique world of energy regulation and taxation – assisting with rate cases, our corporate tax forecast or tax planning strategies. 

This will not be an easy job and some overtime may occasionally be required.  However, we also value work life balance and offer flexible work arrangements that allow you to occasionally work from home or enjoy 3 day weekends.  Because Tax Gurus need to be life-long learners, we will be investing in your training and development.  On occasion, you will need to travel to attend off-site training sessions.  You may also need to travel to off-site meetings and between Company locations. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in Tax or related area. 
  • 2+ years tax experience in public accounting (Big 4 preferred) or corporate tax environment;


These skills may set you apart from the rest:

  • CPA or Masters of Taxation preferred;
  • Base understanding of corporate tax preparation, accounting for income taxes and tax research;
  • Experience and comfort with complicated systems and technology; and
  • 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.



Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.
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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