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Southern Company Staff Accountant in Atlanta, Georgia

Staff Accountant


Staff Accountant

The purpose of this position is to timely and accurately prepare state and local separate company and centrally assessed state unit value property tax returns. This position reviews assessment notices for potential valuation differences and initiates appeal discussion with the property tax assessors. This position also performs research analysis and account reconciliations and responds to notices from tax authorities. The position includes the timely processing and payment of property tax bills.

Functional Expertise:

  • Prepare state and local separate company and centrally assessed unit value property tax returns, review assessments and initiate valuation discussions, and process tax payments.

  • Prepare state and local transaction tax returns, payments, and account reconciliations.

  • Performs research analysis and account reconciliations and responds to notices from tax authorities.

Business Acumen:

  • Ensures accurate reporting of assets on property tax returns, accurate account reconciliations, and timely payments.

  • Documents policies and procedures for Tax Department manuals.

  • Understands underlying business transactions to ensure proper tax reporting.


  • Assists Supervisor-Property tax with return preparation, account reconciliations, SOX reporting, and tax bill payments.

  • Assists Director of Indirect Tax with assessment review and appeal discussions and state and local tax research.

  • Participates in Tax Department cross training programs to ensure full comprehension of all tax disciplines.

Driving Results:

  • Ensures timely completion of state and local property tax returns, assessment review, and tax payments.

  • Supports software and technology implementations via project support, testing, and post go-live operations.

  • Leverages technology to ensure efficient process for returns, reconciliations, and tax payments.


Education, Certifications/Licenses:

  • Required: BA/BS in Accounting, Finance or Business

Related Work Experience:

  • Preferred: 1-2 years of corporate tax or accounting experience in a large accounting firm or large public company environment

  • Preferred: 1-2 years Utility or natural gas industry experience

Specific Skills & Knowledge:


  • MS Excel – advanced proficiency

  • MS Word – intermediate proficiency

  • Works well in a fast-paced team environment

  • Time management skills

  • Preferred: Proficiency with tax research software

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • The incumbent works in an office environment. Currently this role is 100% remote due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Minimal travel (<5 days per year)

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.#LI

Job Field: Accounting & Auditing

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

Req ID: SCS2008917

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