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Director, Tax Controversy in San Jose at PayPal

Date Posted: 7/15/2020

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 305 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal Corporate Tax has an exciting opportunity for a Director, Tax Controversy, responsible for leading the US Federal income tax audits from end to end, meeting with the IRS on a regular basis, researching and defending tax positions, and interfacing with personnel from all areas of the Company to collect and analyze data necessary for tax audit defense. You must be a self-starter with the ability to operate independently and manage multiple completing priorities and deadlines. The position reports into the Sr. Director – Global Transfer Pricing and Controversy, and is based in San Jose, California.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop audit strategy
  • Manage day-to-day operations for federal income tax audits, including supervising personnel
  • Review and respond to IRS Information Document Requests
  • Interact with IRS on a regular basis to understand, discuss, and assist in bringing resolution to complex issues
  • Liaise with the Company’s tax compliance and provision, transfer pricing and tax planning teams to ensure all aspects of the Company’s federal tax audits are properly managed, and to provide regular updates regarding audit status
  • Build relationships with internal Finance, Legal, HR, and business leaders as well as external advisors to ensure complete and timely flow of information to Tax and effective resolution of tax audits
  • Coordinate with subject matter experts (SMEs) as well as conduct research on a broad range of US domestic, international and transfer pricing tax matters to support positions taken on tax returns
  • Coordinate with SMEs to consider impact of legislative and other relevant changes to tax audits


  • 15+ years of relevant experience with the IRS, law firm or accounting firm, industry experience in technology a plus
  • Strong foundation of income tax technical knowledge with experience evaluating and advising on tax positions
  • Strong legal writing skills
  • Experience with US income tax appeals process and tax litigation a plus
  • Strategic thinker with ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Self-motivated with excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to successfully communicate tax positions to tax authorities and status of tax audits to upper management 
  • Thorough and detail-oriented
  • Collaborate successfully with team members


  •  JD and/or LLM preferred

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at



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