Tax Intern
Lake Forest, IL 
Posted 1 month ago
Job/Internship Description
Tax Intern
Lake Forest, IL 60045, USA Req #2232
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

At Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), we think of ourselves as more than a box manufacturer. We are an ideas and solutions company. We seek to be the leader in helping our customers - large and small - package, transport and display products of all kinds.

At PCA, you'll find the best people in the industry operating in a "golden rule" culture. We actively promote mutually rewarding relationships with each other and our customers by advocating respect for every individual, ethical and fair practices, and the highest standards in what we say and do. PCA is proud to have a highly skilled and experienced team leading the way.

As a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest producers of containerboard and corrugated packaging products and uncoated freesheet paper in the U.S., PCA offers customers broad expertise and economies of scale, while our mills and numerous plant locations let us rapidly meet the local needs of our customers.

If you are intellectually inquisitive, enjoy problem solving, and are continuously challenging yourself to develop and grow, our tax team could be the perfect fit. Careers in tax are consistently ranked in the top twenty "Best Jobs in America" by Glassdoor.

We have an opening for a Tax Intern at our headquarters in Lake Forest.

PCA's tax team is responsible for the company's planning, analysis and compliance with all tax laws and reporting to taxing authorities at the federal, state and local levels, as well as, to the SEC for the financial reporting of taxes. The tax team also represents the company in all tax audits and partners with our manufacturing operations to provide advice on a daily basis and to negotiate incentives.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with sales and use and income tax audits. This includes gathering and summarizing detailed information, preparing requested schedules, formulating dispute work papers and support, post-audit documentation and communicating with various PCA personnel both in the corporate office and in our manufacturing facilities across the United States.
  • Review and approve the proper handling of customers' sales tax exemption certificates in our automated software system, CertCapture.
  • Research and respond to inquiries and notices from state and local income, sales and use, and federal taxing authorities, vendors, customers, and company personnel.
  • Work with our department and outside firms to ensure accurate and timely filing of sales and use and property tax returns.
  • Oversee the maintenance of tax licenses and permits for our various locations throughout the United States.
  • Prepare annual state and local income tax apportionment work papers.
  • Perform data analytics in Excel, Corptax and other software programs for federal, state and local income tax returns and compliance projects. This includes gathering work paper documentation and preparing book to tax difference calculations.
  • Assist with property and income tax incentives and filings.
  • Prepare and summarize research on sales and use, federal, state and local income tax issues as needed.

Educational Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Must be a currently enrolled college student majoring in Accounting, Finance, Business, or other applicable major and have completed their sophomore year.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0/ 4.0 is required and you must be eligible to work in the U.S. on a full-time basis.


  • Strong written, verbal, analytical, and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Strong attention to detail and enjoy a systematic approach to problem solving.
  • Candidate must display maturity and a high level of professionalism.

PCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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