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Payroll Tax Accountant (MEC) - Portland, Oregon # 110090

Date: Feb 28, 2023

Location: PORTLAND, OR, US, 97232

Company: PacifiCorp

Payroll Tax Accountant (MEC) - Portland, Oregon # 110090


PacifiCorp is seeking customer-centric candidates to grow and sustain our commitment to a culture of customer service excellence, environmental sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion.

General Purpose


The payroll tax accountant is responsible for developing, implementing and supporting payroll processes and procedures to ensure compliance with company policies and government regulations. Responsibilities include overseeing and preparing all required federal, state and local tax filings, researching and monitoring payroll compliance issues, and planning and implementing the tax updates to the payroll system and the maintenance of and upgrades to the payroll tax filing system.



  • Oversee the maintenance of payroll tax records, payment of payroll tax deposits and preparation of all required federal, state and local tax filings and forms. Serve as company contact with payroll tax agencies to resolve discrepancies and issues. (35-40%)
  • Research and interpret payroll accounting and tax issues to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations; advise payroll and human resources staff regarding payroll and tax requirements related to executive compensation, expatriate and foreign employee taxation, fringe benefits and other non-wage compensation, payroll tax registrations and nexus, and mergers and acquisitions. Support the quarterly Sarbanes-Oxley review of the human resources and payroll controls and oversee the annual review of the payroll compliance plan. (25-30%)
  • Plan, test and implement upgrades and enhancements to the payroll tax filing system and the tax and regulatory updates for the human resources/payroll system; coordinate with the vendors to explain requirements and resolve issues identified. (20- 25%)
  • Oversee and monitor the reconciliation of the MEC payroll-related balance sheet accounts; develop the annual MEC payroll taxes budget; serve as liaison to the treasury, accounting and corporate tax departments for matters related to payroll accounting and taxes. (10-15%)
  • Provide guidance related to payroll accounting and tax issues to the payroll analyst and payroll specialists. (5%)
  • Perform additional responsibilities as requested or assigned. (5%)



  • Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or business or equivalent related work experience. (Typically six years of related, progressive work experience would be needed for candidates applying for this position who do not possess a bachelor's degree.)
  • A minimum of six years related work experience with at least four years related to payroll tax accounting.
  • Certified public accountant designation is preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of payroll tax regulations and procedures and experience with payroll tax filings. Strong knowledge of accounting principles.
  • Effective analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills; ability to identify key causes and workable solutions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer software skills to extract and analyze information. Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and projects concurrently. Effective oral and written communication skills.


Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without an accommodation.

Additional Information


Req Id: 110090 
Company Code: PacifiCorp   
Primary Location: PORTLAND     
Department: PacifiCorp Corporate 
Personnel Subarea: Exempt
Hiring Range: $85,500.00 - $100,000.00  


This position is eligible for an annual discretionary performance incentive bonus of up to 12% of salary.   

Benefits: Health care, retirement, paid time off, tuition assistance, paid short-term and long-term disability, paid bereavement leave. For more information, please visit: 

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without an accommodation.

At PacifiCorp, we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion. PacifiCorp is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion or religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (except as required by law), gender (including gender identity and expression), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran or military status, familial or parental status, marital status or any other category protected by applicable local, state or U.S. federal law.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and drug screening.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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