October 19, 2007, Newsletter Issue #49: Property Tax Manager

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A Property Tax Manager is ultimately responsible for ascertaining compliance with property taxes on company owned property. They either oversee, or prepare, property tax returns. They monitor, analyze, and summarize tax findings and subsequent results on the firm. They need to keep current with tax issues and regulations. This position may be multi-state, or international in scope. They are expected to maintain and oversee the ledgers regarding affected properties.

As an example, a "Big 4" firm Property Tax Manager will perform a variety of duties to assist the client in tax savings. Some of the duties and responsibilities include: prepare/review valuations to support personal and real property tax appeals through use of the cost, sales, or income approaches to value. This candidate will assist in identification and quantification of obsolescence and exemption opportunities. The candidate will assist the property tax senior manager with development of written explanation of the valuation analysis for use in the appeal process and assist with presentation to the applicable tax assessment authorities. Assisting other staff members with valuation skills.

Property Tax Managers are expected to have an advanced knowledge of tax laws affecting property taxes; have excellent communication skills; good supervisory skills; be current with tax form requirements; supervisor other staff members; and have good computer skills.

Property Tax Managers are expected to have at least a Bachelor's degree, CPA, ASA, or CMI. 8-10 years property tax experience is preferred.

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