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Tax Accountant

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United States
Posted:
October 26, 2016

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MICHAEL J. REAP

**** **** **** **** #***

Chicago, Illinois 60660

Phone: 312-***-****

Email: m3gt4f@r.postjobfree.com

OBJECTIVE

* Veteran tax professional seeks tax accountant position in Chicago corporate tax department.

SKILL SETS

* Wide Range of Tax Experience

o Independent consultant and contract/temporary staff accountant.

o Big Four and local public accounting firms.

o Internal Revenue Service.

o Large and small corporate business settings.

o Consolidated corporations, Federal, state and local income tax, and sales and use tax.

* Income Tax Compliance

o Form 1120 - Consolidated and Single Corporation Federal Income Tax Returns, including all related Forms, Schedules, Elections and supporting schedules; Schedule M-3 adjustments; NOL calculations; and, regular tax, AMT and ACE fixed asset depreciation calculations.

o Income Tax Provision – FAS109 and FIN48 calculations; and, reconciliation of deferred and accrued tax asset or expense accounts.

o State and Local Corporate Income Tax Returns - Consolidated, Combined, Unitary and Single Corporation multi-state income tax filings, including all apportionment computations, separate state “bonus” depreciation expense and state NOL calculations; as well as miscellaneous Franchise Tax, Business/Occupation Tax Returns and Annual Reports.

o Tax Calendar Management - Federal, state and local return filings, calculation of estimated income tax payments and other periodic payments, extension filings and payments.

o International Tax Forms such as Form 5471 – Information Return of U.S. Person with Respect to Certain Foreign Corporations; Form 1042 – Annual Withholding Tax Return for U.S. Source Income of Foreign Persons.

o Form 1065 – Federal, state and local Partnership Income Tax Returns, with all related Forms, Schedules, Elections and supporting schedules.

o Form 990 – Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, Form 990-PF – Return of Private Foundation, Form 990-T – Exempt Organization Business Tax Return, including all related Forms and Schedules.

* SALT Non-Income Tax Compliance

o Sales and Use Tax Returns - Calculation and preparation of monthly Sales & Use Tax Returns; including related check requests, EFT transfers, journal entries, and account reconciliations.

o Real and Personal Property Tax Returns – Calculation, preparation and payment of periodic property tax returns; maintenance of fixed asset records; and, journal entries and account reconciliation.

o Insurance Premium Tax Returns – Calculation and preparation of annual multi-state premium tax returns; including related check requests, EFT transfers, journal entries, and account reconciliations.

* Research

o Research of tax issues for compliance and special projects; preparation of memoranda discussing findings, opinions and proposals; exposure to and experience with research software such as LEXIS, CCH, RIA, and BNA.

* Tax Audits

o Compilation of requested data and records for Federal, state and local returns; written and oral communications with taxing authorities; and, the negotiated settlement of contested tax issues from both the government’s and taxpayer’s position.

* Communication

o Preparation of formal written memoranda setting out the tax law, regulations and procedures; including opinions and suggestions for management, clients and governmental taxing authorities.

o Provision of informal written and oral explanations of the tax law, regulations and procedures; including opinions and suggestions for management, fellow staff and clients.

o Conduct of classes and lectures on basic income tax law and current developments, particularly in the area of non-profit tax issues, for fellow staff, clients and other practitioners.

o Publication of an Article in a national tax review: “Getting the Most from Periodical Advertising Income”, Exempt Organization Tax Review, Vol. 4, No. 8, October 1991.

* Computer Competency

o Years of exposure to tax preparation, research and accounting software in various corporate offices.

o Tax Return Preparation programs: CorpTax, FastTax, Tax Dimensions, Turbo Tax, Vertex, Premium Pro, RIA and CCH; as well as BEST FAS fixed assets software for depreciation calculations.

o Accounting programs: SAP, J.D. Edwards, Great Plains, MAS90, and QuickBooks.

o Spreadsheet programs: Excel, Lotus 123, and QuatroPro.

o General Office programs: Microsoft Word, Access, Outlook and Word Perfect.

* Legal Background

o Passed the Bar Exam and admitted to practice law: Illinois & District of Columbia.

RECENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

* Contract/Temporary Tax Accountant, Chicago, IL (1988 – Present) - For more than twenty years, I have worked both as an independent consultant providing tax and accounting services to my personal clients and also as a short-term, temporary or contract staff accountant through various local agencies. The following is a representative list of my temporary or contract positions over the last ten years:

o Zurich American Insurance Company, Schaumburg, IL – National insurance company – Prepared multi-state annual premium tax returns, including computation of retaliatory tax returns, preparing estimates for prepayments, assembling data for tax credits, preparing check requests and EFT’s, journal entries, reconciling tax liability and expense accounts, and making year-end true-ups.

o Material Science Corporation, Elk Grove Village, IL - National specialized steel products manufacturer – Assisted with the preparation of year-end tax provision and creation of work papers for book to tax adjustments.

o World Kitchens, Inc., Rosemont, IL - National kitchenware retailer – Assisted with the preparation of year-end tax provision and with monthly sales tax compliance.

o Navigant Consulting, Inc., Chicago, IL - National professional services firm –Prepared amended tax returns, including creation of spreadsheets for tax computations in lieu of outdated software, memoranda setting out explanation of changes and cover letters to each state.

o Grubb & Ellis Company, Chicago, IL - National real estate sales and management company – Preparation of consolidated federal income tax return as well as state and local income tax returns, including all work papers, supporting schedules, book to tax adjustments, and all apportionment calculations.

o Harris Bank, Chicago, IL – National financial institution – Assisted with the preparation of work papers for the consolidated federal and state and local income tax returns, including compilations of specific book-tax differences for banking companies.

o RR Donnelley & Sons Company, Chicago, IL - National printing and publishing company - Assisted with the preparation of year-end tax provision and creation of work papers for book to tax adjustments.

o Standard Parking Corporation, Chicago, IL - National operator of parking facilities – Prepared monthly state and local sales, use and excise tax returns; prepared fixed asset work papers for annual income tax returns.

o UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL - International oil products manufacturer and retailer - Prepared multi-state income tax returns and annual reports for single corporations within consolidated group; completed Illinois Sales and Use Tax Project, including spreadsheets and write-up of process; and, prepared Annual Withholding Tax Return for U.S. Source Income of Foreign Person, including work papers and write up of explanations and procedures.

o Blythe, Inc., Des Plaines, IL - International manufacturer and retailer – Assisted with the preparation of consolidated federal tax return as well as multi-state corporate tax returns; managed fixed asset software system and provided all depreciation reports.

o E D & F Man International, Inc., Chicago, IL – Investment firm – Completed a Form 1099 project for investment brokers, including the design of an Access query for compilation of data for mass mailing of Forms W-9, assembly of a filing system for categorizing responses, and preparation of individual Forms 1099 where required.

PAST PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

* Private Sector

o Senior Tax Accountant – Health Care Service Corporation, Chicago, IL (2007).

o Accounting Staff - Rycoline Products, Inc., Chicago, Illinois (1999).

o Revenue Clerk - Hilton Hotel & Casino, Reno, Nevada (1987).

* CPA Firms

o Tax Supervisor - Cooper & Lybrand, Chicago, Illinois (1986–1988).

o Tax Staff - Arthur Young & Company, Chicago, Illinois (1986).

o Tax Staff - Goldberg, Geiser & Company, Chicago, Illinois (1984–1985).

* Internal Revenue Service

o Appeals Officer - Chicago Appeals Office, Chicago, Illinois (1980 – 1982).

o Appeals Officer / Regional Analyst - Midwest Regional Office, Chicago, Illinois (1977 -1980).

o Tax Law Specialist - EO Division, IRS National Office, Washington, DC (1973 – 1977).

EDUCATION

* The Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, JD – Law (1968–1973). (Schooling interrupted for military service.)

* University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, BS – Political Science (1965-1968).

* Villanova University, Villanova, PA, majored in Math and Physics (1963–1965).

* DePaul University, Chicago, IL, Basic Accounting Courses (1980–1981).

MILITARY SERVICE

* United States Army – Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry, (The Old Guard), Fort Myer, Virginia (1969–1970).

SUMMARY

* Experienced, intelligent, adaptable problem-solver with proven written and oral communication skills seeks a home within a corporate tax department where he can prove and improve himself while contributing to a goal-oriented team effort.



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