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Manages the reduction of federal and state taxes for Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries (including the life companies), the Exchanges, the Mid-Century Insurance Company, Farmers Texas County Mutual, and each of the Domestic Insurance Company members of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies through tax research and planning activities within the tax function. Monitors the federal, state, and local tax law changes, reviews business transactions (proposals), works with lobbyists to affect legislative changes, and develops creative problem solving techniques to ensure maximizing net income by reducing federal, state, and local taxes. Assists in the negotiations of favorable federal, state, and local audit settlements through work with government officials, research that supports the company’s position, and accurate data analysis.
Essential Job Functions
Manages the review of corporate structures, operating procedures, and business practices to ensure that all action possible is being taken to minimize the federal, state, and local tax burdens. Manages the coordination of federal, state, and local tax planning for special projects which affects Farmers’ long range planning, budgeting, and financial reporting efforts. Manages the tax research and analysis of the federal, state and local tax codes, state regulations and rulings, court decisions, previous year's tax law changes, decisions, implemented tax planning ideas, and audit settlements; and communicates these to the Tax Audit and Tax Accounting and Compliance Managers for the life and non-life entities of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies to ensure their inclusion in the current year’s returns. Manages the response to document requests from tax authorities and to ensure that these requests are completed in the manner specified in the applicable “audit plan”. Forcefully presents Farmers’ position in situations where the federal, state or local agent does not agree with the Company; develops documented tax position papers and presents the Company’s position in the tax appeal process. Manages the selection of research and planning consultants when necessary and coordinates their activities to maximize the benefit to Farmers. Manages the resolution of daily federal, state, and local research and planning tax questions of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies while an effective administrator, leader, organizer, and communicator. Manages and controls all technical federal, state, and local research and planning assistance, including the interpretation and analysis of tax regulations and associated Company procedures to Home Office and Field Office staff. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required job duties are essentially sedentary work consisting of occasional walking, standing and lifting and/or carrying 20 lbs. maximum, seeing, speaking, hearing.
Required job duties are normally performed in a climate-controlled office environment.
Four-year college degree in accounting.
Six years of overall tax experience with a concentration in state and local research and/or the coordination and settlement of the federal and state income tax audits.
Special Skill Requirement
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