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Payroll Tax Accountant, Payroll Accounting, Comptroller's Department

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Job ID: 60666
Department: Comptroller
Location: 2 Montgomery Street


As a reporting Department to the Chief Financial Officer, the Comptroller’s Department is a team of dedicated professionals who ensure the accuracy of the Port Authority’s finances. As part of the Comptroller’s Department team, you will gain insight and experience surrounding the agency’s financial structure and internal control processes as well as knowledge of the operations of our various lines of business, giving you extensive opportunities for a long-term career at the Port Authority.

Reporting directly to the Payroll Tax Accounting Supervisor, the selected candidate’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for the reconciliation and preparation of weekly tax payments for Federal, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania taxing authorities.
  • Responsible for preparing and reporting employment statistical data to NYS, Bureau of Labor Statistics and US Department of Commerce.
  • Ensure employee tax deductions match residency and work locations including processing Worker's Compensation adjustments.
  • Prepare and file quarterly and annual returns for Port Authority withholdings to corresponding Federal and State taxing authorities including the annual issuance of W-2’s.
  • Reconcile Payroll Balance Sheet Accounts.
  • Complete special assignments. Document and streamline existing business processes. Ensure complex and/or sensitive data is compiled, documented and presented in a clear and concise manner


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Corporate Finance from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • In lieu of Bachelor’s Degree a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience can be accepted.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Master's degree in Accounting, Finance or Business from an accredited college or university and/or a CPA is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments, meet deadlines, work independently, prioritize work and perform effectively under pressure.
  • Demonstrated analytical, decision-making and problem solving skills with a strong understanding of accounting and tax.
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills.
  • Effective written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with internal staff at all levels and external business partners.
  • Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite applications.
  • Working knowledge of PeopleSoft and SAP.
  • Knowledge of the Port Authority accounting and financial structure.
  • Knowledge of Port Authority business and operations.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than twenty three billion in annual wages and eighty billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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