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Senior Tax Counsel


At Coinbase, our mission is to increase economic freedom around the world, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people. We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web3 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto. Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture. We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world.

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Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy. You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there. 
  • You’re never tired of learning. You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3.0. 
  • You appreciate direct communication. You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener - because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other. You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow.
  • You can pivot on the fly. Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too. What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you. You’re not looking for a boring job.
  • You have a “can do” attitude. Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines. Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission.
  • You want to be part of a winning team. We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone.

The Senior Tax Counsel will be an integral member of the tax team working in coordination with the greater Coinbase financial, legal, operations and Product teams to support Coinbase’s growth.   The candidate will be a trusted advisor, hands on and collaborative team member with his/her/their colleagues.  Tax policy also is an important component of this role to ensure that Coinbase and crypto are subject to efficient and effective tax rules globally.   We are passionate about tax and crypto, and we are looking for an ideal candidate with a similar passion and collaborative focus to join our world class team! 

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Work with Tax, Finance, Legal and Product teams on tax planning initiatives
  • Work with Tax, Finance, Legal and Product teams on transfer pricing and intercompany arrangements
  • Work on the tax aspects related to crypto assets
  • Work with legal on tax aspects related to crypto assets
  • Work with Corp Dev on M&A and investments in new ventures
  • Work on representation of Coinbase in tax audits, exams and controversy
  • Assess potential risk related to tax aspects of Coinbase’s business
  • Drafting guidance and protocols on tax for internal use
  • Working on customer communications related to tax
  • Execution, maintenance and constant improvement of tax processes and controls 
  • Partnering with the greater Coinbase tax and finance teams to ensure full compliance with all laws and regulations
  • Model the federal tax impact of new legislation and/or planning projects and help implement new tax planning initiatives
  • Manage various calculations of E&P, BEAT, CAMT, GILTI, FDII utilized for compliance and the financial statement 
  • Provide support relating to US tax examinations and respond to inquiries by the IRS
  • Identify and oversee improvements to federal income tax processes
  • Prepare internal tax technical memoranda to support tax positions 
  • Drive improvements to all aspects of Coinbase’s tax position

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • 7+ years of relevant tax experience, ideally with a global law firm, a Big 4 accounting firm or at major company
  • In depth technical knowledge of U.S. tax provisions affecting international operations including Sub F, GILTI, FDII, FTCs
  • Excellent speaking and communication skills while working with business teams and explaining tax concepts to both tax and non-tax audiences
  • Outstanding detail-orientation and process-orientation skills
  • Collaborative and positive orientation
  • Willingness to pivot and learn

Nice to haves:

  • LLM in Tax
  • Audit and exam experience
  • Government (IRS, Treasury, OECD) experience
  • Broad based technical tax experience, ideally with a focus on financial services
  • Exposure to US international tax concepts of Subpart F, foreign tax credits, GILTI, FDII and BEAT
  • Experience working in teams and collaborating across different business and professional disciplines
  • Crypto industry knowledge or experience

Job #: P57221

Pay Transparency Notice: Depending on your work location, the target annual salary for this position can range as detailed below. Full time offers from Coinbase also include target bonus + target equity + benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k)).
Pay Range:
$259,250$305,000 USD

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Coinbase is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or any other basis protected by applicable law. Coinbase will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.  For US applicants, you may view the Know Your Rights notice here.  Additionally, Coinbase participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations, as required by law. 

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Job ID: 5860755
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • FSA
    • FSA With Employer Contribution
    • HSA
    • HSA With Employer Contribution
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Fitness Subsidies
  • Parental Benefits

    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
    • Casual Dress
    • Snacks
    • Company Outings
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Unlimited Paid Time Off
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Company Equity
  • Professional Development

    • Learning and Development Stipend
    • Promote From Within
    • Mentor Program
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Lunch and Learns
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Founder led

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