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Tax Counsel

Company: Walgreens
Location: deerfield
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Responsible for representing WBA as Tax Counsel on all Federal income tax audit matters and controversies, including (1) strategizing and negotiating audit settlements, (2) drafting and reviewing all legal documents submitted to the IRS, including responses to notices of proposed adjustment and information document requests, (3) developing tax protest, appeals and litigation strategies, and (4) managing and hiring outside counsel, public accountants, and third party tax advisors to assist on complex IRS examination issues.

The audit landscape on a federal level has continued to change and evolve into a more difficult environment requiring additional expertise and management of WBAs overall audit risk. In connection with tax reform, an exponential change in the scope and complexity of the various audit issues arising for a multinational company, including risk and exposure, and also simultaneously impacting various state jurisdictions requiring constant coordination to ensure alignment and a consistent audit approach.

Responsible for developing innovative solutions to mitigate WBAs overall tax risk and maximize WBAs overall tax savings through the audit settlement process, and by providing vision and direction to the tax compliance and tax planning teams to minimize potential future audit issues.

Along with the Vice President of Tax Audits & Controversy, responsible for directing the FIN 48 tax reserve determination process as it relates to federal income tax audit issues and for updating senior management on the status of WBAs federal tax audit matters.

Job Responsibilities

Provides direction to the federal tax audit function and partners with the tax compliance, tax planning, and tax credits and incentives teams to minimize WBAs overall tax liability, reduce WBAs effective tax rate, and enhance WBAs cash flow.

Represents WBA on all federal tax audit matters and controversies with the IRS and negotiates all federal audit settlements at both the examination and appeals levels. Develops innovative approaches to favorably settle federal tax audits and legally minimize WBAs federal income tax, employment tax, and excise tax liabilities.

Directs the preparation of all legal documents submitted to the IRS tax authorities audit and appeals teams in response to information document requests and notices of proposed adjustment.

Directs the preparation of tax protests of unagreed IRS audit examination issues, and directs the development of appeals and litigation strategies. Manages outside counsel, public accountants, and other third party tax advisors to assist on complex IRS examination issues and tax protests and appeals.

Provides strategic direction to the federal compliance and employment tax teams on tax returns to maximize deductions and minimize WBAs tax liabilities.

Provides strategic direction to the tax planning team on proposed transactions and tax planning strategies, initiatives, and acquisitions to reduce WBAs overall tax liabilities.

Provides direction in the determination of WBAs FIN 48 tax reserves for financial reporting purposes as it relates to potential IRS audit issues.

Provides senior management with monthly updates on the status of federal tax audits, tax protests/appeals and potential audit litigation issues as well as real and person property tax appeals.

Leads, develops, mentors, and coaches team members assisting on the federal tax audit team. Provides clarity around complex tax issues and procedures, audit documentation requirements, and tax minimization and audit defense strategies.

As a member of the Tax Department tax leadership team, provides leadership and guidance on overall management policies and procedures of the Tax Department, including resource allocation and employee evaluations.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy, touching millions of lives every day through dispensing and distributing medicines, and through its convenient retail locations, digital platforms and health and beauty products. The company has more than 100 years of trusted healthcare heritage and innovation in community pharmacy and pharmaceutical wholesaling.
WBA is one of the worlds largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and well-being products. The companys size, scale and expertise will help position us to expand the supply of, and address the rising cost of, prescription drugs in the U.S. and worldwide.
The companys portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Botanics, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin.

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