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Director of Tax Compliance

Position Title
Director of Tax Compliance

Position Number

Controllers Office - 415100

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in Accounting, Business, Finance or other degree closely related to the area of assignment with twelve hours of accounting and four years of progressive accounting experience two of which must have been supervisory in nature. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Ability to conduct tax research and convey complex information to key stakeholders both internal and external to the University in a clear, concise and organized manner.

Proficient in business applications such as Microsoft Office and Google Workspace.

Strong organization skills are required to effectively manage complex tax programs and a significant number of deadlines.

License/Certification Required

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Payroll Tax Payments and Filings
  • Review and approve federal and state payroll tax payments to make sure the taxes are paid on time and accurately.
  • File federal and state original payroll tax returns and amend them as necessary.
  • Reconcile payroll tax receivable accounts on a monthly basis.
  • Balance W-2 to 941 and state filings on a monthly basis. Clean up any errors discovered during the reconciliation process.
  • Process all necessary adjustments in the system related to W-2 reporting.
  • Collaborate with the Payroll Director to ensure all federal and state W-2 filing requirements are met.
  • Monitor the payroll overpayments reconciliation to ensure the accuracy of W-2 reporting.
  • Assist Payroll, campus departments and employees with their payroll tax questions.
  • Stay up to date with the filing requirements for both federal and all the states in which the University is registered.
  • Balance FICA on a monthly basis.
Multi-State Payroll Tax Program
  • Identify the employees who may be working outside of the state and determine tax implications in those states.
  • Register, withholding, file and pay taxes including but not limited to state payroll withholding and unemployment taxes in those states.
  • Build the deduction codes in Banner for those states and update employees’ tax deduction codes when applicable.
Payroll System
  • Build, update and maintain tax codes that are not maintained by the ERP provider.
  • Ensure that the tax updates received from Ellucian are loaded and are working properly.
  • Collaborate with Payroll to perform periodic review (at least once a year) of the earn codes and deduction codes to make sure they function properly and up to date.
  • Serve as the backup for building, testing and maintaining earn codes and deduction codes for the Payroll Office.
Supervision and Administration
  • Supervise Tax Accountants and provide technical support for complex tax issues.
  • Manage resources effectively to provide for employee training and growth and to meet the operational goals and objectives.
  • Monitor the quality of work and address performance issues for the unit.
  • Build the cross training program and ensure the business continuity in the event of key staff absences or unexpected disruptions.
Other Responsibilities
  • Research and update the tax accounting procedures to minimize the risk of noncompliance.
  • Lead the efforts of developing new programs to ensure the compliance with the introduction of new tax laws.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Suggested Salary Range

Physical Demands of Position

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please include:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of References with contact information
AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Important Contacts:

Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3187

Executive Director of Access & Equity ( ADA /504 Coordinator, EEO /AA Officer, & Title IX Coordinator)
Office of Access & Equity
123 IG Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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