International Tax Professional

Denver, CO
Apr 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Employee Services provides the CU community with services from recruitment to retirement. The office provides technical expertise while administering benefits, professional development, payroll, individual tax management, and strategic HR programs. The functional areas of Employee Services include payroll, technologies, benefits, retirement, financial education, learning and development, international tax and human resources.

The university acknowledges the importance of minimizing its exposure to tax penalties associated with nonresident alien taxation by establishing and maintaining subject matter expertise within Employee Services to address compliance. The International Tax Professional will act as a University of Colorado System authority on nonresident alien tax issues and will operate to administer, monitor, and oversee university compliance with the federal, state, local, university, international, immigration and naturalization regulations, policies, and procedures that govern nonresident alien withholding and reporting. The position will engage with a wide variety of constituents ranging from student employees to department and campus administrators and will provide support to all four CU campuses. The position is responsible for annual operations associated with nonresident alien taxation arising from all payments made by the university, including those made through payroll, accounts payable and the student finance system.

The individual hired for this position must be skilled at critical analysis and have the ability to research, interpret, document and apply complex and changing rules and regulations correctly and consistently. The position requires a thoughtful individual who will contribute to efficiency and compliance enhancements by collecting data, making recommendations and providing feedback to support the growth and development of the unit's critical function. The applicant must possess the ability to communicate sometimes difficult concepts concisely and effectively with native and non-native English speakers both orally and in writing. This individual is expected to be a dedicated, respectful team player and customer service provider and to embrace the highly valued diversity that is inherent in the unit's customer base. This individual must be a highly organized professional who is self-directed, attentive to detail, a fast learner and who responds well in fast paced environments with rapidly changing priorities and frequent deadlines. The position requires use of multiple HR systems and requires a confident and skilled computer user.

The International Tax Professional is under the supervision of the International Tax Manager.This position is exempt from the State of Colorado Classified System.

Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct and document analysis of U.S. tax residency status, and monitor subsequent changes in status, for international employees.
  • Ensure correct taxation and W-2/1042-S reporting of wage and nonqualified scholarship payments made to nonresident and resident alien employees through the payroll system including payroll adjustments and year end reporting corrections as required.
  • Analyze student finance accounts to identify taxable scholarship payments issued to nonresident aliens and coordinate with campus Bursars to ensure accurate 1042-S withholding and reporting.
  • Advise international employees and student scholarship recipients on their U.S. taxpayer responsibilities and accurately administer annual tax treaty benefits on wage and non-qualified scholarship payments issued through the payroll and student finance systems.
  • Assist and advise department and campus administrators with regard to immigration and tax considerations related to payments made from within and without the payroll system.
  • Elicit and analyze critical details as needed for the approval of payments made to non-employees. Provide advice and counsel to multiple constituencies regarding permissibility and taxation of payments made to resident and non-resident individuals and entities depending on the nature of the payment, immigration and tax residency status, income source, tax treaty eligibility and beneficial owner.
  • Process data, using multiple systems (HCM, Finance, Campus Solutions, CU Marketplace, International Tax Navigator), efficiently and accurately to result in correct withholding and reporting.
  • Investigate and advise on foreign taxation and compliance issues as required to support university compliance.
  • Maintain current knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and procedures relevant to nonresident alien taxation.
  • Document processes and procedures for audit purposes.
  • Build relationships with campus stakeholders to support unit compliance efforts.
  • Effectively manage and prioritize a high volume of in person appointments, correspondence and operational tasks while maintaining a high level of professionalism and acumen.

Key Competencies:

The following competencies should be demonstrated in order to be successful in this role.

  • Organizational Change Management
    • Recognizes when a change in process will benefit the organization through efficiency, improved customer service or heightened compliance
    • Assists in data collection necessary to inform and evaluate change
    • Contributes to process development through collaborative problem-solving
  • Legal Policy and Compliance
    • Demonstrates knowledge of wage and non-wage taxation and reporting
    • Gains and applies specific knowledge related to NRA taxation rules and regulations, their intersection with immigration law and U.S. tax treaties
    • Asks questions and utilizes available resources effectively and appropriately to support unit compliance efforts and professional development
  • HR Information Systems
    • Demonstrates functional knowledge of HR Information Systems
    • Accepts ownership for system related issues and ensures timely resolution
    • Demonstrates problem solving skills related to HR Information Systems input and output
  • Client Satisfaction
    • Demonstrates proficiency in customer relationship building, relationship management skills and clear communication while prioritizing organizational compliance

Who we are: System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with an office in Broomfield and a few smaller offices located on the campuses. This position is located in Denver. Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.

What we offer:

Salary: The salary has been established at $45,000- $55,000.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. Information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education (professional experience may be substituted on a year for year basis for the educational requirement).
  • At least two (2) years of professional work experience in payroll, accounts payable, or accounting fields
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills including the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a broad diversity of native and non-native English speakers
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word, and a strong emphasis on Excel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior work experience with University of Colorado or other higher education institution
  • Prior payroll experience and prior international tax work experience
  • Experience with PeopleSoft HCM, International Tax Navigator
  • Experience applying federal and State tax laws, immigration laws as they relate to taxes, international tax treaties, and international taxation.

Special Instructions to Applicants:For full consideration completed applications must be submitted by May 5, 2017. Reference checking is a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including email addresses, for up to five references as part of the search process for this position. *Please note: All application materials must be submitted through CU Careers; emailed materials will not be considered.*

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires a verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:You must attach a cover letter, resume, and references to your application as three separate documents. Please identify the job specific minimum qualifications you possess in your cover letter. Also, ensure you check the "Job Specific Attachments" box next the each document on the "Required Documents" page of the application for the appropriate documents to be attached.

Job Category: Business Services

Primary Location: Denver

Department: S0001 -- System Administration - 51000 - Employee Services

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 13, 2017

Closing Date: May 5, 2017

Posting Contact Name: Kendra Zafiratos

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00001536


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