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CORP - VP of Tax

Melville, NY, USA | Comtech EF Data Corporation

  • Industry:
    Telecommunications & Wireless
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Accounting / Control
    Finance (Internal)
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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Reporting into the Corporate Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President of Tax will lead all aspects of Comtech's global tax strategy, including planning, reporting, income tax accounting, and compliance. This role will interact with senior leaders across the organization and will be the liaison to coordinate the flow of information between various functions and business units. This position will provide leadership and guidance for all tax-related matters and serve as the steward to establish best practices as Comtech continues into its next stage of growth and operational maturity.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Serves as a key advisor to the CFO and leader of the company-wide tax function.

  • Responsible for all tax-related matters, including: federal, state, local, and international income tax, sales & use tax, gross receipts tax, business and occupancy tax, valued added tax, payroll tax, franchise tax and property tax (including, escheatment).

  • Oversees financial reporting of the Company’s current and deferred, domestic and foreign tax provision in accordance with ASC 740, including review and approval of quarterly and annual financial statement footnotes and related disclosures (e.g., unrecognized tax benefits).

  • Produces quarterly updates related to the Company’s tax situation, including effective tax rate projections, cash tax projections and estimated tax payment schedules, legislative developments and the status of pending and or resolved audits.

  • Oversees the review and approval of key compensation related schedules and disclosures to be considered for inclusion in the Company’s proxy statements.This includes advising on current and pending changes to proxy table requirements.

  • Monitor and periodically report on (i.e., quarterly) equity ownership of the Board and senior management, ensuring compliance with the Company’s equity ownership guidelines.

  • Owns the process to track outstanding equity awards, in order to properly account for grant, vesting, expiration and net settlement events (including the tracking of tax benefit windfalls or shortfalls to be recorded in the income statement).

  • Oversees the timely and accurate filing of SEC forms related to Section 16 filers and board members of the Company.

  • Responsible for all tax planning related to mergers, acquisitions, liquidations and spin-offs. 

  • Partner with cross-functional business teams and lead tax due diligence efforts by providing structural deal advice on any proposed acquisitions, financing events and international business expansions.

  • Manages outside tax service providers and counsel related to tax planning, compliance, R&E tax credits, transfer pricing studies, tax basis studies, change in control “280G” calculations and related compensation plan design considerations, valuation of covenants not to compete, technical research and special projects.

  • Oversight of “direct” and “indirect” tax filings and related audits.

  • Responsible for evaluating the financial, system, and operational considerations for new compliance obligations.

  • Monitor legislative changes in tax laws that may impact the Company’s tax positions, including tax accounting and reporting implications.

  • Establish and maintain formal tax policies to ensure accurate and timely tax accounting under U.S GAAP, including preparation for SOX readiness.

  • Proactively leads and develops team members by creating a positive environment where they are challenged, motivated, and groomed for advancement.

  • Builds and strengthens relationships with people across the Company to ensure the Tax function is effectively serving its business partners.


  • 10+ years of experience leading a corporate tax department within a public company

  • CPA a must (Big 4 experience preferred)

  • JD or Masters in Taxation a plus 

  • Effective communications skills, including the ability to synthesize complex tax issues and to communicate them in a clear and succinct manner

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to identify issues and connect the dots across multiple areas

  • Exposure to technology companies that develop software and manufacture products

  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

  • Exposure to financial consolidation tools (e.g., Deltek Costpoint), fixed asset depreciation tools, Solium Shareworks, and Concur

  • Ability to research topics using third party tools (e.g., CCH, DART, Intelligize, etc.)

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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