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Tax Accountant (Mid/Senior)

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Finance & Accounting | livermore, CA | 03/20/2024

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Hybrid position (not 100% Telecommute), must come into the office 1-2 days per week and more if required.

Pay Range
$107,550 - $133,524 Annual (C02.3)
Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting starting pay including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Tax Accountant to work in a dynamic and fast paced environment.  You will be responsible for the preparation, analysis, maintenance, and review of complex institutional accounting, financial, and tax reporting information. This position is in the General Accounting & Tax Compliance division of the Finance Department in the Office of the CFO.

You Will

  • Reconcile, adjust, and verify the preparation and the filing of Laboratory payroll tax returns with a third-party provider, including federal and multi-state withholding taxes for employees in many states and multiple tax jurisdictions.
  • Provide lead oversight and maintain the engagement relationship with the payroll tax third party filing provider and the Laboratory’s Payroll group. Ensure compliance with Contract 44, Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and applicable federal and state regulations, policies, and procedures as it applies to tax.  
  • Serve as a Tax liaison for taxing authorities as it pertains to payroll tax and to participate and lead as appropriate on long-term projects requiring analysis and complex solutions to payroll tax-related problems and recommendations and implementation for appropriate courses of action.
  • Independently initiate, research and respond to questions concerning federal and state withholding issues. Prepare position papers and recommendations.
  • Maintain the Laboratory's Employee Foreign National Tax Program which includes reviewing, applying, monitoring, and advising foreign national employees on applicable tax treaties and other tax withholding issues. Review foreign national employee population for proper tax treatment.  Coordinate the independent foreign national tax database with the Lab’s internal Payroll program. Prepare and file the annual 1042 with the IRS.
  • Advise and provide analysis and research on any area of tax expertise and experience for institutional or partnership tax including but not limited to sales tax, property tax, expatriate tax, partnership tax, or other state, local or federal tax.  
  • Reconcile tax account balance sheet ledger accounts and prepare journal entries.  Participate in complex analysis requiring interpretation of  accounting data while advising and formulating recommendations for proper accounting and tax treatment. Prepare various ad hoc reports.
  • Perform other assigned duties.


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, Economics or equivalent combination of related experience, education, and training in the finance/accounting/tax field.
  • Significant experience applying problem-solving and analytical skills to solve complex issues requiring mature judgment, discretion and tact, and ability to successfully negotiate desirable outcomes and experience making effective and timely decisions.
  • Significant experience researching, compiling, and analyzing complex financial data and information and developing, applying, and interpreting financial policies and procedures while maintaining tax compliance.  This includes the use of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Demonstrated complete knowledge and understanding of taxation and accounting theory.
  • Advanced organization skills and expertise using interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written, to effectively explain, negotiate, persuade, and build consensus among diverse stakeholders; experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of personnel. 
  • Advanced experience with computer-based spreadsheets and report-generation applications. (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience preparing and filing multi-state payroll tax returns; experience in tax research and interpretation of tax laws.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Complete knowledge and understanding of Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), financial policies, and procedures.
  • Complete knowledge of foreign national employee's taxation requirements.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Career Indefinite position, open to Lab employees and external candidates.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

We invite you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Reasonable Accommodation

Our goal is to create an accessible and inclusive experience for all candidates applying and interviewing at the Laboratory.  If you need a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please use our online form to submit a request. 

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