Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Senior Accountant for Controller – Rutgers University Payroll Services. Reporting to the Payroll Tax Manager, the Senior Accountant prepares payroll taxes in compliance with federal and state tax laws and regulations to ensure compliance with payment, reporting and other tax requirements. The Senior Accountant will prepare monthly account reconciliations for federal and state tax accounts and journal entries. The Senior Accountant is responsible for Nonresident Alien taxation and reporting for the University; implements tax policies and procedures governing Non-Resident Alien students, faculty and staff; researches federal and state tax regulations; acts as a representative for Payroll Services performing a wide variety of advanced accounting, research, and other payroll specific duties. Responsibilities include payroll tax compliance for US citizens, non-resident aliens, and employees working/ residing in various states. Compliance areas addressed include tax withholdings for regular wages and additional/extra compensation, computations of deductions for taxable fringe benefits and other non-monetary compensation. The position also ensures appropriate income tax positions are maintained with respect to certain awards, stipends, and fellowships. Ensures that all federal and state tax and associated reports and remittances are submitted in a timely and accurate manner.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Prepares quarterly NJ UI/TDI/FLI filings. Reconcile tax payments each period to reflect necessary adjustments and corrections to employees tax records. Compile quarterly tax data necessary for general accounting reports and create quarterly file for submission to the State of New Jersey.
Coordinates annual preparation, publishing, and distribution of Federal and State Forms W2, Federal Forms 1042S and Federal Forms 1099R.
Generates wage information for periodic workers' compensation audits.
Ensures correct and timely tax software tax updates and amendments to tax tables.
Provides guidance regarding the applicability of various Internal Revenue Code provisions.
Researches the implications of various tax rules and regulations.
Fosters and builds collaborative relationship with stakeholders from campus units including OIT, Accounting, Accounts Payable, Center for Global Services, etc.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or related field required
A minimum of 5 years' payroll tax experience for 1,000+ employee payroll processed in-house
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate complex tax rules and regulations to a customer base for whom English is not their primary language
Excellent mathematics and communication skills
Ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality
Demonstrated ability to foster and build collaborative relations with stakeholders
Master's degree in taxation or accountancy
Experience in higher ed
5 yrs payroll tax experience
5 yrs experience with ERP payroll system software, such as Oracle HCM/Cloud and/or PeopleSoft
Will be using general office equipment on a regular basis including personal computer, multi-line telephone, copier, fax machine and various printers
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
May be required to work extended hours during peak periods throughout the year.
Posting Number: 20ST0027
Location: Off Campus
Internal Number: 107940
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.