Senior Tax Associate, Core Tax Services

at BDO USA, LLP in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Job Summary:
A Core Tax Services Senior Associate is responsible for utilizing research skills, applying tax foundational knowledge to understand potential tax issues, gathering client information necessary for filing, participating in tax planning, recognizing and communicating potential risks, preparing tax accrual workpapers and working with tax software applications to complete tax returns for review. In this role, the Core Tax Services Senior Associate may be charged with supervising and reviewing the work of Core Tax Services Associates.
Job Duties:
Tax Compliance:
Ensures both that (a) clients comply with all applicable authorities, while at the same time minimizing their tax and reporting burdens, and (b) self and client service teams comply with all Firm policies, standards, and the BDO Tax Quality Manual ("TQM")
Manages projects by planning the tax process and the procedures to be performed with quality
Answers preparer questions, and coordinates engagement from onset by communicating expectations and procedures with preparers
Conducts detailed reviews on all returns and appropriate review notes for preparers; raises potential tax issues
Meets internal deadlines to match the client expectations for timely delivery of service
Identifies book-to-tax differences
Identifies when research is needed; clearly and concisely frames issues to be researched; and clearly and concisely reports the analysis
Applies most Firm and professional standards for preparation of WTA and tax returns
ASC 740-10 (FAS 109 and FIN 48) Tax Accruals:
Correctly and proactively applies Firm policies, standards, and the BDO Tax Quality Manual (TQM) regarding FAS 109 and FIN 48
Prepares provision workpapers and discusses with the appropriate team members
Identify and discuss uncertain positions with team members
Review & prepare footnote disclosures in compliance with 740-10-55
Tax Consulting:
Assists with developing, recommending, and implementing efficient and effective methods to maximize client benefits, especially by decreasing clients' current and future taxes
Identifies consulting opportunities to reduce client's tax liability
Provides efficient and effective support for client consulting projects
Gathers relevant information for controversy work, efficiently and effectively
Documents all significant tax positions, clearly, correctly, and in accordance with Firm and office policies (by creating memorandums to the files - Tax issues Memos) and ensures that proper documentation is archived to GoFileRoom
Strategy Development:
Introduces and develops new or improved ideas to improve the position of clients, the Firm, or Firm personnel, e.g., by reducing taxes or expenses or providing non-tax benefits
May be required to prepare studies of tax implications and offers clients alternative courses of action
Other duties as required
Supervisory Responsibilities:
May supervise and manage the day-to-day work assignments of Core Tax Services Associates
Provides verbal and written performance feedback to Core Tax Associates, as necessary
Acts as mentor to Core Tax Services Associates

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or Statistics required OR Bachelor's degree in other focus area and CPA certification required
Masters in Accountancy or Taxation preferred
Two (2) or more years of prior relevant tax experience and/or public accounting, private industry accounting or consulting/professional services experience preferred
Industry expertise in one or more tax specialty preferred
Prior basic supervisory experience preferred
CPA certification, Attorney (admitted to practice in a U.S. jurisdiction), or Internal Revenue Service Enrolled Agent ("EA") (or the equivalent of one of these designations) preferred
Possession of other professional degrees or certifications applicable to role preferred
Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite preferred
Experience with tax research databases and tax compliance process software preferred
Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Solid verbal and written communication skills
Able to follow instructions as directed by members of Tax Team
Able to prepare simple tax returns
Takes appropriate actions without being asked
Seeks advice of appropriate superiors regarding issues, problems related to compliance
Ability to effectively delegate work as needed
Trains other team members
Strong analytical, research and critical thinking skills
Able to work well in a team environment

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.

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Job Posting: 11331133

Posted On: Sep 30, 2023

Updated On: Oct 30, 2023

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