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Tax Accountant

POSITION SUMMARY

A Tax Accountant’s primary job function is to collect tax-related information and report it to the taxation authorities. They must make sure it reaches authorities at the local, county, state and federal levels in a timely manner.

A Tax Accountant will also advise the company’s management of tax impact on corporate strategies. This advising may include preparing tax provision schedules, recommending tax strategies for federal, state and 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Tax Accountant responsibilities may include:

  • Filling individual or business tax returns.
  • Calculating business earnings.
  • Providing consultation on tax impacts.
  • Preparing tax provision schedules.
  • Helping clients handle external audits.

 

SKILLS

Tax Accountants are responsible for saving clients time and money by handling their tax accounts for them. A skilled Tax Accountant will need to be able to:

  • Maintain a system that will keep track of financial statements.
  • Stay on top of changing trends within the industry.
  • Manage their time well in order to stay on top of all of their duties.
  • Have a keen eye for detail to catch discrepancies within the business.
  • Conduct research and analyze data to provide accurate financial feedback.
  • The ability to handle high volumes of work during tax season.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Entry level positions within the field typically require at least a Bachelor’s degree and a CPA certification. Because competition is fierce within the field, it is recommended that job seekers have a Master’s degree and a prior record of experience within the industry.

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SAMPLE TAX ACCOUNTANT INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • What information would you use to create a forecasting report for next year’s tax returns?

  • What accounting software do you have knowledge in?

  • You find out that your client has to pay a fine because you weren’t aware of a change in regulation. How would you handle this?

  • What process do you use to create monthly, quarterly, and annual reports?

  • How do you stay on top of regulatory changes within the industry?

  • What is a B-Notice? Who should receive a B-Notice?

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