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State Planning Tax Expert


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Eng Corp Svcs LLC
Job ID:  654

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve.  We have businesses in 26 different states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for consecutive years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.


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Job Summary

Addresses technical tax and accounting issues through utilizing specialized skills and recommends solutions.  Develops and executes tax strategies to reduce the state tax burden and risk. Ensures that state tax planning initiatives are properly incorporated into the tax compliance process and financial statements.  Assists in driving process improvement opportunities for tax function.  Span of control: this is an individual contributor role.


Key Accountabilities

  • Facilitates the state tax planning process and implements short and long-term tax savings strategies through collaboration.
  • Assists with the state income tax planning function, including identification of proper entity types, favorable structures and anticipated cash and effective tax rate impact.
  • Monitors state income tax legislation and provides advice on tax issues.
  • Conducts research of applicable tax laws, resolves complex tax issues and develops best practices for implementation.
  • Partners with planning function to provide support and development of new processes.
  • Mentors others regarding complex state income tax concepts and procedures, documentation and presentation requirements, research and writing techniques, business transactions, and tax minimization and audit defense strategy.
  • Analyzes and reviews information requests and collaborates in the resolution of audit issues.
  • Reviews state income tax filings and develops tax improvements to minimize tax liability.
  • Works with business unit finance and corporate accounting on state income tax and accounting issues.
  • Manages vendor relationships by identifying consultants for projects, developing scope and fees  and managing project deliverables.

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

Minimum: MBA, Master of Science in Taxation (MST) or law degree with 7 years of broad corporate state income tax experience (corporate tax department, law firm or public accounting), handling complex multi-state tax issues and analysis.

Other Qualifications

Other Requirements:

  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills coupled with the ability to use these skills to make quality decisions in a timely manner
  • Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of accounting based on defined accounting rules (e.g. US GAAP, ASC 740), consolidated tax return regulations, and multi state tax concepts
  • Ability to communicate complex tax issues and options to senior executive financial and operating management allowing for effective decision making.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to work in a deadline driven environment.
  • Proficient with Excel, Word and PowerPoint

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit