Tax Planning & Controversy Manager - US

United States

About Kraken
Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrency so that you and the rest of the world can achieve financial freedom and inclusion. In our first decade, Kraken has risen to become one of the largest, most successful and respected crypto exchanges on the planet. 
We are changing the way the world thinks about finance and our range of successful products are playing a critical role in the mainstream adoption of crypto assets. We continue to trail-blaze into new territory with the introduction of Kraken Bank, providing a more seamless integration between crypto and the traditional financial system. This makes us the first crypto company (ever) to be awarded a U.S. state banking charter. 
Our diverse group of 2,000+ Krakenites are distributed all over the world as part of our 'remote first' culture, united by a shared passion for delighting customers, upholding crypto values and achieving our meaningful mission. We attract people who push themselves to improve, are radically transparent and think differently in order to unlock their potential. 
Crypto is a rapidly evolving industry and we’re just getting started. We’re growing fast and you're invited to join the revolution!
About the Role:
The Tax Planning Team at Kraken is charged with managing the firm’s overall tax structure, strategically planning Kraken’s tax structure, and partnering with commercial functions to provide expert tax advice to help guide Kraken’s supercharged growth.  We manage the risks associated with the rapidly changing tax environment surrounding cryptocurrency, and work together with stakeholders to ensure our operating models are tax efficient and compliant.  We are a collaborative team of tax professionals excited by the opportunity to be challenged by a completely new and emerging field of tax law.  We work across numerous functions within Kraken on a regular basis, and work with each other to tackle challenging and technical tax issues quickly in partnership with product, finance, legal, business development, and other functions.  This critical role as the Tax Planning & Controversy Manager - US will work closely with Tax Leadership, interact regularly with other tax and finance professionals, and work across other functions here at Kraken.  This role reports to the Head of Tax Planning & Controversy.

What you'll do:

  • Support the Head of Tax Planning & Controversy and collaborate with the Tax planning team to execute projects, processes, and delivering to our Tax function and business partners
  • Work with Tax and Finance teams in supporting Kraken’s domestic tax positions (including SALT matters, and federal issues such as  consolidated returns, employment tax/stock compensation)
  • Leading efforts in response to IDRs especially at the state and local level
  • Support the Tax function on interpreting and analyzing new and existing tax guidance and apply to complex and cutting-edge tax matters in the developing cryptocurrency and fintech arena
  • Help develop and build out our tax organization modeling, processes and procedures
  • Drafting technical internal documentation on tax positions and guidance and protocols for internal use and to help guide the tax function
  • Remain current with the latest tax state and local and domestic tax news
  • Supporting M&A integration in the US and state and local tax issues in M&A transactions

Who you are:

  • Technical knowledge of US state and local taxes, and exposure to US domestic federal income tax issues, including consolidation
  • Ability to research US federal income tax issues in the code and regulations
  • Exposure to US Sales and Use taxes
  • At least 4 years of experience in income tax planning and hands on experience in implementing tax strategies
  • Exposure to performing quantitative modelling of tax consequences
  • Strong writing skills and experience drafting solid technical tax memoranda
  • Strong verbal skills and comfortable in communicating technical tax matters to non-tax professionals
  • Bachelor’s degree and either CPA or law degree; Masters in Tax or LL.M. preferred
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