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Tax Specialist

Chicago, IL 60601

Working for Equity Residential (EQR), an S&P 500 real estate company, means being part of a community and striving to provide the best in apartment living, speaking boldly about new ideas for innovation, and inspiring creativity in the ways we work together. Our portfolio of high-quality properties in urban growth markets – New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver  – provides homes where people most want to live, work and play. We've got the best people in the business, and our experience shows in our dedication to our residents and in how much we value each other as colleagues. That’s why our employees say they are proud to work at Equity, a company that gives our residents a place where they can “Live Remarkably,” and offers a culture where our employees have the opportunity to make their mark.

We are in search of a resourceful, efficient, detail-oriented financial professional and team player to join our corporate team in our Chicago headquarters as a Tax Specialist. As a Tax Specialist, you will be responsible for the accurate and timely preparation of federal, state and local tax returns for Equity Residential and its related entities. Additionally, you will gather information and research tax laws to support the company’s overall tax initiatives and correspond with agencies as necessary. Each day will be unique, requiring an ability to think strategically and on your feet, be creative, take initiative, and employ a diverse set of skills.

  • A Strong Communicator. Your writing and speaking skills are clear and effective, helping you connect well with others.
  • A Team Player. You are united with teammates in delivering on all commitments. 
  • Organized. You are flexible and able to juggle multiple tasks and priorities in order to complete all assignments within the established due dates. 
  • Motivated. You invest extra time and energy to accomplish goals.
  • Solution-Oriented. You follow through on commitments, co-workers and business partners know that they can count on you. 
Tax Return Preparation and Review / Reporting
  • Prepare federal, state and local tax returns for Equity Residential and its related entities, especially focusing on partnership returns requiring more in-depth tax or accounting knowledge, according to the Tax Department due dates.
  • Prepare federal and state extension requests and quarterly estimated tax payments for the various companies in accordance with Tax Department deadlines and procedures.
  • Prepare various state and local annual reports.
Research, Analysis and Correspondence
  • Gather management and accounting information. Obtain any necessary clarification, request additional information and communicate with various departments concerning any problems that arise. Incorporate information gathered into tax workpapers and schedules.
  • Conduct research as necessary to determine compliance with tax laws. Read periodicals to maintain knowledge about changing tax laws, planning opportunities, filing requirements, etc. Use tax research resources regularly.
  • Research, resolve and respond to state and federal regulatory agencies’ notices. Draft correspondence with federal and state taxing agencies in connection with notices and filing inquiries, as needed. Responsible for notice resolution according to the procedures and timing established by the Tax Department.
  • Review corporate and partnership legal documents and correspondence as needed to ensure correct preparation of tax returns.
  • Prepare quarterly and annual REIT tests for all REIT’s in the EQR organizational structure.
  • Conduct various tax research projects as assigned by Supervisor. Present findings to the rest of the Tax Department, as necessary.
  • Prepare various calculations and tracking schedules as required, ie. tracking taxable gains, property attributes, secured debt, etc.
  • Communicate tax findings, issues, project status, workload, etc. on a regular basis using appropriate communication vehicles. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or other related field with equivalent combination of coursework and professional tax experience.
  • Some accounting or tax experience is preferred, but is not required.
  • Must possess strong analytical communication and follow-up skills and have a basic working knowledge of partnership and corporate, federal and state taxation.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel; exposure to databases and/or tax preparation software a plus.

We recognize that everyone has different needs outside of work. That’s why, in addition to a competitive benefits package (medical, dental, vision and paid time off), we offer many unique options to employees, like adoption benefits and paid time off for community service projects. To learn more, view our Total Wellbeing page here.

Benefits provided

 Health Insurance

 401k Match

 401k Retirement Plan

 Dental Insurance

 Short Term Disability

 Long Term Disability

 Personal Days

 Internal Training Programs

 Optical Insurance

 Bonus Programs

 Life Insurance

 Paid Vacations

 Stock Options

 Stock Grants

 Stock Purchase Plan

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