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Job Summary

Employer - The University of Michigan, one of the nation's leading public universities, is seeking applicants for the position of Tax Manager in the Tax Compliance and Planning Office. This position reports directly to the Tax Director.

Position Description - This position supports U-M's fundamental commitment to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and conduct while ensuring the implementation of tax compliance with federal. state, local and foreign tax rules, regulations, and requirements. The Tax Manager will supervise a staff of two and possibly three tax professionals, ensure tax compliance, including filing various returns and forms and assist in managing tax risks for U-M and its affiliates. The Manager will also develop a close working relationship with Payroll and Procurement departments and also work closely with schools, colleges and units on basic tax questions and develop, apply and interpret the university's tax policies and procedures. This position will also communicate with taxing authorities to resolve matters of dispute.


  • Ensure proper preparation and timely submission of tax returns on behalf of U-M and its affiliates.
  • Perform and supervise the performance of technical tax research and written analysis of tax laws, regulations and cases in areas of federal, state, local and foreign taxes.
  • Assist in conducting tax compliance reviews and provide tax planning consultation with management, directors, and departments heads.
  • Develop and distribute university-wide tax guidance through tax guides, training workshops, presentations and tax specific communications. 
  • Develop and recommend changes to U-M policies and procedures to strengthen compliance with applicable tax laws.
  • Supervise staff and support the Finance department, including working with Payroll and Procurement departments.
  • Maintain current knowledge of tax issues affecting higher education institutions.
  • Act as liaison between U-M and various higher education tax groups.
  • Direct and coordinate communications with the IRS and other taxing agencies on basic communications, such as notices, correspondences, etc.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor's degree in accounting or business administration or an equivalent combination of education and experience is necessary.
  • A certificate as a public accountant.
  • Considerable experience in tax accounting, including preparation of various tax forms.
  • Considerable knowledge of tax laws, rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively implement quality improvement initiatives.
  • Effective written, oral and electronic communication skills.   
  • Strong inter-personal skills and the desire to be a team player.
  • High degree of integrity and professionalism representative of a fiduciary of the higher education community. 

Work Schedule

This is a full-time position; Monday through Friday. As part of the University of Michigan Finance Division Future of Work initiative, this position may work onsite, remote, or hybrid (both onsite work and remotely) based on the business needs of the unit.

Additional Information

Benefits: U-M offers a robust benefits program that includes, among other items, a tuition remission program for its employees, a 2 for 1 match regarding retirement contributions, vested healthcare coverage for long-term employees and an excellent work-life balance.

The Finance Division seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to sustain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives and ways of knowing and learning.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, by the start of the fall term on August 30, 2021.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.