ResponsibilitiesEssex Properties Trust, Inc. is currently seeking an experienced Tax professional to join its tax team in the role of assisting the Sr. Tax Manager and the Vice President of Tax with planning, special projects and compliance.
Essex is a publicly-traded Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT) headquartered in San Mateo, CA. Essex provides quality apartment homes in premier locations all along the West Coast.
The ideal candidate will be energetic, willing to do whatever is needed to complete tasks, and will work closely with a team of tax professionals to bring value to Essex. They will be willing to “roll up their sleeves” to support both the organization’s tax planning and compliance functions. This candidate must be able to work at all levels within the organization and partner effectively with Essex’s outside consultants.
Reporting to the Sr. Tax Manager, performing tax planning and compliance activities in the assigned tax areas with the objective of minimizing business and income tax; ensuring timely compliance reporting; effectively working with internal tax staff and with external tax professionals; effectively managing multiple competing priorities; serving as an internal resource to deal directly with customers and tax authorities on tax related matters.
Assist company with tax matters, including planning, reporting, and compliance for income, sales & use, unclaimed property, and indirect taxes.
Assist with preparing and maintaining complex tax calendars.
Work with outside advisors on preparation and review of federal, state, and local corporate, REIT, and partnership income tax, franchise tax and information tax returns.
Assist with developing tax strategies to minimize the overall tax burden of Essex and to minimize overall costs associated with the tax function.
Assist with documentation related to REIT qualification, REIT testing, and maintenance of REIT status.
Assist with the Company’s Property Tax payments, accounting and budgeting.
Interact directly with taxing authority auditors by responding to notices and requests for information.
Assist with preparation of ASC 740 (FIN 48) and tax provision for Essex under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.
Seeking a professional with 5 to 7 years of progressively more responsible and successful experience in a public accounting firm, with working knowledge of tax planning, tax compliance, and tax return preparation for corporate, partnership, and REIT tax matters.
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance or similar function; a CPA designation and/or a Master’s Degree in Tax a plus.
Knowledge of California tax matters; and knowledge of public company tax complexities.
Skill in developing and analyzing tax planning and tax minimization strategies.
Working knowledge and skills with various computer software platforms; Yardi experience a plus.
Personal Trait Profile:
Ability to communicate with management and external customers/auditors.
Strong attention to detail.
Ability to manage multiple priorities/projects simultaneously.
Ability to work efficiently and independently.
Ability to work within tight deadlines.
Strong, loyal team player.
Essex offers a comprehensive benefits package that reflects how much we value our associates and their families:
For regular full-time associates regularly scheduled to work at least thirty (30) hours per week:
• Medical, Dental, Pre-tax flex plan, Basic life insurance, Supplemental life, Short- and long-term disability, Accidental death insurance plans.
For part-time and full-time associates:
• Employer-matching 401(k) plan that offers financial planning and independent brokerage services.
• Wellness Program, 24-hour Employee Assistance, Service awards and Paid time-off.