Associate Principal, Tax Controversy

United States

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to over 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer unique stays and experiences that make it possible for guests to connect with communities in a more authentic way.

The Community You Will Join: 

The Tax Controversy team is responsible for developing and implementing Airbnb’s global audit strategy and, including determining a vision for global tax disputes and coordinating and leading responses with tax authorities worldwide. The tax controversy team collaborates across all areas of the tax group, legal, and policy in responding to audit and tax litigation issues involving Airbnb’s direct and indirect taxes worldwide. This role allows a candidate to be immersed in a variety of tax issues and high profile tax disputes, and will work with the Director of Tax Controversy, outside advisors, and across departments at Airbnb to respond to global tax authorities and support the company’s return positions. 

The Difference You Will Make:

  • You will be responsible for helping the Tax Controversy team deliver superior tax audit and litigation results. This includes managing tax disputes by preparing responses to tax authority requests, mastering the company’s facts, preparing for and participating in regular meetings with the IRS, US SALT authorities, and global tax authorities.
  • You will also be responsible for working cross functionally to ensure the business is updated and aware of audit risks and business concerns, and working across all groups of the Tax team to help strengthen our tax positions as they are being considered.

A Typical Day: 

  • Support the Tax Controversy team’s management of tax audits and litigation by coordinating across all groups of the Tax team, outside advisors, and other internal stakeholders including Legal and Policy. 
  • Advocate our tax position before tax authorities in meetings and written submissions. 
  • Analyze and make recommendations about the trade offs and implications of various audit strategies, dispute resolution forums, tax administration procedures, litigation postures, tax risks, and business goals.
  • Prepare responses to tax authorities' information requests by compiling data, researching company facts, and understanding technical tax issues. 
  • Update internal databases and company stakeholders on tax audit and litigation status and submissions.

Your Expertise:

  • A J.D. and 3-8+ years experience practicing law with a focus on tax controversy.
  • Excellent tax research, writing, and verbal communication skills. You will need to convey technical tax information and strategy to knowledgeable tax practitioners as well as non-tax stakeholders.
  • Strong foundation in tax and ability to quickly learn new and complex tax issues, and a demonstrated commitment to remain current in tax law developments. 
  • Strong organization skills and meticulous attention to detail to prepare accurate and persuasive responses to tax authorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment and manage competing deadlines for numerous tax controversy matters across multiple jurisdictions in all levels or audit, administrative appeal, and litigation. Proactively keep all stakeholders updated on key issues and developments.

Your Location:

This position is US - Remote Eligible. The role may include occasional work at an Airbnb office or attendance at offsites, as agreed to with your manager. While the position is Remote Eligible, you must live in a state where Airbnb, Inc. has a registered entity. Click here for the up-to-date list of excluded states. This list is continuously evolving, so please check back with us if the state you live in is on the exclusion list. If your position is employed by another Airbnb entity, your recruiter will inform you what states you are eligible to work from.

Our Commitment To Inclusion & Belonging:

Airbnb is committed to working with the broadest talent pool possible. We believe diverse ideas foster innovation and engagement, and allow us to attract creatively-led people, and to develop the best products, services and solutions. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

We strive to also provide a disability inclusive application and interview process. If you are a candidate with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in order to submit an application, please contact us at: Please include your full name, the role you’re applying for and the accommodation necessary to assist you with the recruiting process. 

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How We'll Take Care of You:

Our job titles may span more than one career level. The actual base pay is dependent upon many factors, such as: training, transferable skills, work experience, business needs and market demands. The base pay range is subject to change and may be modified in the future. This role may also be eligible for bonus, equity, benefits, and Employee Travel Credits.  

Pay Range
$136,000$160,000 USD