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  information kit
  Expression of interest
  This kit provides information about the advertised job and our
  selection process.

    Job title:                Tax Accountant
    APS level:                APS6
    Sub-plan:                 Corporate Services and Law
    Business line:            ATO Finance
    Section:                  Tax and Debt Management Unit
    Location:                 Albury
    Working arrangements:     Full-time
    Type of employment
                              Temporary transfer at level or higher duties
    opportunity:
    Expected duration of
                              3 months with the possibility of an extension
    employment:
    Security classification
                              In-Confidence
    of position:
    Contact officer:          Katrina Teissl
    Contact details:          (02) 605 87113
    Closing date:             December 2 2010 5:00pm AEDT
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Table of contents
Table of contents....................................................................................................................... 2
Where the job fits ...................................................................................................................... 3
  The Corporate Services and Law Sub-plan .......................................................................... 3
  ATO Finance ........................................................................................................................ 3
  Corporate Procurement and Tax Management - Tax and Debt Management Unit ................ 4
The job ...................................................................................................................................... 5
  Job description ..................................................................................................................... 5
  Duty statement ..................................................................................................................... 5
  Selection criteria ................................................................................................................... 6
The selection process ............................................................................................................... 8
  Eligibility ............................................................................................................................... 8
         More information ............................................................................................................. 8




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Where the job fits

The Corporate Services and Law Sub-plan
The Corporate Services and Law Sub-plan is responsible for the interpretation of tax and
superannuation laws and the keeper of key corporate relationships – with our staff, the
government and other government agencies.
The sub-plan:
      supports the government by contributing to new policy and law development and
       implementing legislative changes
      oversees the design and implementation of administrative systems to support new laws
      supports the efficient and effective operation of the ATO by delivering corporate
       governance, financial management, people and workplace services
      brings a strategic focus to the ATO’s corporate communications and ensures the
       community is kept informed about the ATO and its products.


ATO Finance
ATO Finance develops and delivers corporate processes and outcomes that reflect a high
degree of financial integrity and maximise value in the use of resources, both by the ATO and
the Commonwealth as a whole.
ATO Finance is structured in five major branches:
      Financial Operations
      Financial Assurance
      Management Accounting
      Corporate Procurement
      Property and Security Services.
In addition to the central area of ATO Finance, there are a number of financial management
cells located across most operational areas of our organisation. These areas are part of the
business structure but work closely with, and are guided by, the central ATO Finance area.
These financial management cells are responsible for a range of activities, including:
      business line financial analysis and reporting
      developing reporting for business management using SAP, COGNOS and Excel
      developing and managing budgets and forecasts
      coordinating, entering and analysing costing information
      preparing and reviewing accruals and other journals
      undertaking financial assurance reviews

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      providing a wide range of financial advice and support to staff working in the business
       areas
      preparing annual report and financial statement schedules
      completing statutory returns, including the fringe benefits tax return
      managing and procuring assets
      maintaining cost centre structures
      managing our financial integrity and assurance obligations
      corporate procurement
      property management and accommodation
      security policy and assurance.




Corporate Procurement and Tax Management - Tax and Debt Management Unit
The branch is responsible for providing leadership, assurance, best practice and training to
strengthen procurement across the ATO and to refine and improve financial policies, processes
and tools as well as develop and maintain policies, procedures and guidelines relating to the
management the Tax Office’s taxation obligations.
The Tax Office as a public sector agency is subject to compliance with many of the acts it is
charged with administering. The manner in which the Tax Office meets these obligations is an
important corporate objective in maintaining the community's confidence in our role as a trusted
tax administrator. This is done by modelling the behaviours expected of taxpayers generally.
The Tax and Debt Management Unit (TDMU) has oversight of our corporate taxpayer
behaviour and is responsible for ensuring our legislative compliance, particularly with reference
to the various indirect taxing regimes, including fringe benefits tax (FBT), goods and services
tax (GST) and PAYG Withholding (PAYGW)
TDMU is also responsible for the efficient and effective management of the Tax Office’s
departmental accounts receivable including development and implementation of appropriate
processes that will enable the Tax Office to meet its compliance obligations under the Financial
Management and Accountability Act 1997 relating to the management of departmental debt.




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The job

Job description

The Tax Accountant will be a key member of the GST team responsible for the management of
the Tax Office’s own GST obligations, superannuation obligations for individual contractors and
the TER requirements of the Australian Valuation Office (AVO).
This position requires a resourceful and energetic approach in establishing consistent work
methods, developing best practice and refining systems to ensure compliance requirements are
met. Candidates will need highly effective interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate
dealings with team members, business partners, clients and external bodies whilst
demonstrating the highest ethical standards in the process.


Duty statement

Reporting directly to one of our EL1 Managers the successful applicant will be expected to
achieve technical excellence in the application of legislation, policies and processes that result
in the Tax Office’s compliance with its taxation and related financial obligations including but
not limited to:
      Work with the Tax Manager to ensure effective management of the ATO’s tax affairs
       and formulation of policies aimed at optimising the ATO’s tax position
      Liaise with various ATO stakeholders throughout Australia to ensure that all required tax
       data is collected and collated in a timely manner
      Preparation of monthly Business Activity Statements including collation of data from
       various systems, reconciliation of data to our general ledger and conduct of quality
       assurance to ensure the integrity of data allowing sufficient time for review and signoff
       by the manager prior to the lodgement due date
      Review of individual contractor agreements to ensure the ATO is meeting its obligations
       under the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992
      Assist in the AVO’s tax obligations under the TER regime, including payroll tax, income
       tax, GST and superannuation
      Assist in the identification, development, implementation, measurement and review of
       plans and strategies to achieve ongoing integrity and compliance in the ATO’s
       departmental tax obligations
      Provide technical tax advice and support to staff of the ATO
      Maintain current tax policies and procedures
      Assess the impact of tax-related legislative changes across the organisation and
       identification of appropriate actions to manage and implement these changes;
      Establishment and maintenance of effective communication processes with team
       members and other ATO areas


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      Adopt a “best practice” approach by continuously looking for ways to improve the BAU
       process
      Build and maintain stakeholder relationships and position the team so that stakeholders
       are willing to actively engage the team for assistance
      Apply the Tax Office and Australian Public Service (APS) principles of the taxpayers’
       charter, privacy, employment equity and diversity, and occupational health and safety to
       work practices in dealing with colleagues and clients




Selection criteria

Technical expertise and accuracy

      Recently demonstrated and relevant tax technical skills and comprehensive accounting
       knowledge
      The demonstrated ability to interpret, analyse and apply taxation legislation, policies and
       procedures in a changing corporate compliance environment, particularly with reference
       to taxation legislation
      Accuracy in financial analysis, demonstrated through previous work experience
      Experience and fluency in various accounting and other software packages including
       but not limited to SAP, Microsoft Excel and Access Database
      A demonstrated and detailed understanding of the taxation legislation as it applies to
       the Tax Office as a taxpayer, in particular GST, Superannuation obligations for
       contracts and the Tax Equivalent Regime. Previous experience in the above areas will
       be highly regarded


Communication

      Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate information and ideas and facilitate team
       processes including but not limited to:
      highly developed liaison and negotiation skills
      strong interpersonal and representational skills in a diverse and challenging business
       environment
      demonstrated ability to explain complex or significant financial or tax technical matters
       in diverse situations
      demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and delivery of training workshops


Initiative, adaptability and personal attributes

      Capacity to meet deadlines and work in pressure situations
      Demonstrated flexibility to handle changing priorities and circumstances

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      Demonstrated innovative thinking and strong problem solving skills
      A capacity to work independently
      Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and manage own workload maintaining
       quality control checks
      Ability to work as an effective team member, and accept assistance and help others as
       required
      Commitment to identifying and undertaking relevant self-development activities


Tax Office policies and practices

      The ability to understand and promote ATO People strategies, policies and client
       service ethics, including employment equity and diversity, health safety and wellbeing,
       access and equity, and privacy and security, as they relate to the management of
       clients and information
      Ability to influence team members to act in accordance with the required APS
       behaviours and cultural values, and Taxpayer’s Charter
      Understand and demonstrate how the work you and your team performs aligns to the
       Tax Offices corporate priorities and strategic statement
      Be accountable to management and other team members for your own actions
      The ability to foster a positive and ethical team environment




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The selection process
All ATO job applications are to be submitted through the online application system, prior to the
closing date. You will not be able to edit or submit your application once the closing time has
passed. Applicants who are unable to apply online will need to email or phone the contact
officer prior to the closing date.

You should restrict your responses to the length specified on the online application form, and
wherever possible include specific relevant examples of your work.
Your experience and skills will be assessed against the requirements of the position to
determine your suitability. If you are successful, a release date will be negotiated with your
current manager.


Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for vacancies, you must be a current ongoing ATO employee. For
vacancies advertised as transfer at level, you must be at the same substantive level as the
vacancy.
Please speak with the vacancy contact officer if you have any concerns or questions regarding
your eligibility.


   More information

You can find more information about how to apply for vacancies using e-Recruitment on the
careers site, please read the applicant user guide before accessing the system for the first time.
General recruitment information is also available on the careers site.




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