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Southern Company Sales & Use Tax Accountant in Atlanta, Georgia

Sales & Use Tax Accountant


This position will timely and accurately prepare and review monthly, quarterly and annual federal, state, local and international transaction tax returns and monthly reconciliations. This position will help lead sales tax audit defense initiatives. This position will research applicable federal, state, local or international tax rules and regulations and analyze Vertex sales and use tax system data. This position also gathers requested data for federal, state, local and international audits by tax authorities and will interact directly with tax auditors to reduce proposed liabilities.


  • Timely and accurately prepares monthly, quarterly and annual federal, state, local and international transaction tax returns and monthly reconciliations.

  • Participates in peer review of tax returns to ensure a first level review to capture training opportunities for junior staff

  • Gathers requested data for federal, state, local and international transaction tax audits by tax authorities.

  • Lead the sales tax staff in research for defending company’s positions and dealing with auditors to reduce proposed liabilities

  • Builds and maintains relationships with Affiliates, Accounts Payable, Supply Chain and Accounts Receivable to provide tax guidance and expertise to maximize tax savings and minimize tax exposure

  • Research transaction tax issues and questions from Affiliates to ensure correct taxation on company purchases, projects and initiatives

  • Performs analysis of Vertex sales and use tax system data to ensure accuracy.

  • Analyzes general ledger, accounts payable and accounts receivable data to ensure proper recording of transaction tax data.

  • Issues exemption certificates for vendors and receives and tracks exemption certificates from customers.

  • Research and provide guidance on requirements for issuing certificates and the applicability of received certificates

  • Assists Supervisor in identifying and implementing process changes as necessary to streamline the processes and mitigate compliance risks

  • Maximizes utilization and functionality of transaction tax technology decision and returns system

  • Works closely with the business units to respond to transaction tax questions

  • Assists Supervisor with research for federal, state and local and international transaction taxes

  • Updates transaction tax rate tables for the compliance and billing systems


Education, Certifications/Licenses:

  • Required: BA/BS degree in business, Finance or Accounting

  • Preferred: CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or CMI (Certified Member of the Institute of Professionals in Taxation)

Related Work Experience:

  • 8 years tax experience in a similar sized organization or public accounting firm or the equivalent combination of education, experience and training

  • Demonstrated experience in preparing transaction tax returns or relevant experience.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • MS Excel – advanced proficiency

  • MS Word – intermediate proficiency

  • Time management skills

  • Strong accuracy skills and attention to detail


  • Vertex sales and use tax software

  • Oracle/PeopleSoft Financials

  • Proficiency with tax research software

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • The incumbent works in an office environment.

  • Minimal travel required (<5 days per year)

  • This position is located at the Georgia Power Company headquarters in downtown Atlanta, Georgia

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrate “Our Values” of Safety First, Superior Performance, Total Commitment and Unquestionable Trust in all interactions

  • Ethical Behavior: Is widely trusted; deals fairly and ethically with everyone; presents facts in an honest and direct manner; maintains strict confidentiality of sensitive information

  • Innovation: Looks for ways to improve workplace effectiveness; solicits the creative ideas of others; efficiently works within budget and time constraints; exhibits willingness to work out of comfort zoned

  • Diversity: Values differences in people; understands different perspectives and frames of reference; recognizes the link between diversity and organizational success and supports an inclusive workplace

  • Customer Focus: Dedicated to meeting expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; maintains effective relationships across organizations

  • Teamwork: Communicates openly and values honesty; listens to others; works with others toward common goals.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. Southern company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at at .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Accounting & Auditing

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

Req ID: SCS2008126

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