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JOB OVERVIEW: 


The Income Tax Analyst will assist management in the annual preparation of income tax returns, compliance related processes, estimated tax payments, income tax accounting and federal/state tax credit program support.  Additionally, the Analyst will assist management with federal, state and local income tax audits with the ultimate goal of minimizing audit assessments. The analyst will be responsible for keeping abreast of changing income tax laws and issues relative to our industry and organization.


ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

-Income Tax Compliance - prepares annual income tax return supporting work papers and tax calculations for federal and state jurisdiction filings. Reviews and prepares timely responses for all federal and state income tax notices

-Estimated Tax Payments – prepares quarterly federal and state estimated tax calculations and coordinates estimated tax payments

-Legal Entity Financials – prepares journal entries to convert accounting general ledger balances to financials on a legal entity basis 

-Tax Accounting: prepares current and deferred tax input schedules, including the reconciliation of the income tax provision to tax returns, for external

financial and forecast reporting purposes.

-Tax Reserves- prepares quarterly tax reserve schedules.   Reviews schedules for compliance with SOX 404 and FIN 48.  Interfaces as needed with external auditors and other departments to communicate reserve activity

-Federal, State, and Local Income Tax Audits - Assists with tax audits (including scheduling audits, preparing responses to information requests, and some contact with auditors).  Negotiates audit issues with taxing authorities, working under the general supervision of the Manager, Income Tax

-Income Tax Planning: Assists with the implementation and analysis of potential tax savings opportunities.  Performs special research projects as required, maintains confidentiality, and communicates results effectively to management

-Foundations and Charitable - Assists with review of the Darden Restaurants Foundation grants on a quarterly basis to ensure compliance with requirements for maintenance of tax-exempt status.  Prepares tax returns for the company's charitable organizations including Darden Restaurants Foundation, Darden Dimes, and Darden Restaurants Employee Club

-Monthly/Quarterly Federal/State Tax Credit Reporting - works with external service providers to ensure monthly/quarterly recording of federal and state

income tax credits to the general ledger.  Liaison with operating companies for any questions regarding program administration


REQUIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS: 

-Minimum 2 years tax experience in public accounting or comparable industry experience

-Knowledge of tax preparation and research software

-Strong computer skills, including Word and Excel


REQUIRED EDUCATION: 

-Bachelor of Science in Accounting or Finance


OTHER KEY QUALIFICATIONS: 

-Ability to handle multiple priorities in efficient manner

-Outstanding organizational skills

-Strong communication skills both verbal and written

-Attention to detail


PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: 

-Masters of Tax or Accounting

-CPA Certificate

-Knowledge of Oracle and Hyperion a plus