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Working As A Senior Tax Accountant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $79,856

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Tax Accountant Do

Senior Tax Accountants recommend tax strategies, as well as assist the preparation of federal, state, and local taxes. They contact clients to resolve minor tax issues and work with the senior tax manager to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local tax legislation.

How To Become A Senior Tax Accountant

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  

Education

Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

A few universities and colleges offer specialized programs, such as a bachelor’s degree in internal auditing. In some cases, those with associate’s degrees, as well as bookkeepers and accounting clerks who meet the education and experience requirements set by their employers, get junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by showing their accounting skills on the job.

Many colleges help students gain practical experience through summer or part-time internships with public accounting or business firms.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Every accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many other accountants choose to become a CPA to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. Many employers will often pay the costs associated with the CPA exam.

CPAs are licensed by their state’s Board of Accountancy. Becoming a CPA requires passing a national exam and meeting other state requirements. Almost all states require CPA candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework to be certified, which is 30 hours more than the usual 4-year bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer a 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement, but a master’s degree is not required.

A few states allow a number of years of public accounting experience to substitute for a college degree.

All states use the four-part Uniform CPA Examination from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Candidates do not have to pass all four parts at once, but most states require that they pass all four parts within 18 months of passing their first part.

Almost all states require CPAs to take continuing education to keep their license.

Certification provides an advantage in the job market because it shows professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors seek certifications from a variety of professional societies. Some of the most common certifications are listed below:

The Institute of Management Accountants offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) to applicants who complete a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have worked at least 2 years in management accounting, pass a two-part exam, agree to meet continuing education requirements, and comply with standards of professional conduct. The exam covers areas such as financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues, and risk management. 

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) to graduates from accredited colleges and universities who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part exam. The IIA also offers the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

ISACA offers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) to candidates who pass an exam and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems. Information systems experience, financial or operational auditing experience, or related college credit hours can be substituted for up to 3 years of experience in information systems auditing, control, or security.

For accountants with a CPA, the AICPA offers the option to receive any or all of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certifications. The ABV requires a written exam, completion of at least six business valuation projects, and 75 hours of continuing education. The CITP requires 1,000 hours of business technology experience and 75 hours of continuing education. Candidates for the PFS also must complete a certain amount of work experience and continuing education, and pass a written exam.

Advancement

Some top executives and financial managers have a background in accounting, internal auditing, or finance.

Beginning public accountants often advance to positions with more responsibility in 1 or 2 years and to senior positions within another few years. Those who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own public accounting firm; or transfer to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.

Management accountants often start as cost accountants, junior internal auditors, or trainees for other accounting positions. As they rise through the organization, they may advance to accounting manager, chief cost accountant, budget director, or manager of internal auditing. Some become controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, or corporation presidents.

Public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors can move from one aspect of accounting and auditing to another. Public accountants often move into management accounting or internal auditing. Management accountants may become internal auditors, and internal auditors may become management accountants. However, it is less common for management accountants or internal auditors to move into public accounting.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public accountants use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors use these skills to detect fraudulent use of funds.  

Communication skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

Detail oriented. Accountants and auditors must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.

Math skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for accountants and auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Senior Tax Accountant Demographic

Gender

  • Female

    48.9%
  • Male

    47.3%
  • Unknown

    3.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.3%
  • Asian

    12.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.3%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    1.3%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    28.3%
  • German

    11.3%
  • Chinese

    7.5%
  • French

    7.5%
  • Mandarin

    5.7%
  • Russian

    3.8%
  • Portuguese

    3.8%
  • Italian

    3.8%
  • Japanese

    3.8%
  • Cantonese

    3.8%
  • Armenian

    3.8%
  • Khmer

    1.9%
  • Hungarian

    1.9%
  • Vietnamese

    1.9%
  • Dutch

    1.9%
  • Greek

    1.9%
  • Hindi

    1.9%
  • Urdu

    1.9%
  • Polish

    1.9%
  • Korean

    1.9%
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Real Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Level Tax Accountant Moss Adams LLP Campbell, CA Dec 29, 2015 $134,000
Senior Level Tax Accountant Moss Adams LLP Campbell, CA Dec 28, 2014 $125,000
Senior Tax Accountant TD Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Apr 12, 2015 $112,840 -
$120,000
Senior Level Tax Accountant Moss Adams LLP Campbell, CA Mar 04, 2015 $105,750
Senior Tax Accountant TD Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $105,000
Senior, International Tax Compliance & Quantitative Analysis The AES Corporation Arlington, VA Nov 18, 2014 $99,736 -
$100,800
FSO Tax Senior-(ITS)-Transfer Pricing (Mult. POS.) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Boston, MA Oct 24, 2016 $97,302
Senior Tax Accountant HRSS LLP Houston, TX May 08, 2015 $97,178
Senior Tax Accountant Clark, Raymond & Company, PLLC Redmond, WA Jun 26, 2015 $95,800
Senior International Tax Accountant Covance, Inc. Princeton, NJ Sep 03, 2016 $95,701
Senior Tax Accountant TD Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY Feb 25, 2014 $95,000
Senior Tax Accountant TD Securities (USA) LLC New York, NY May 06, 2013 $95,000
SR. Tax Accountant Chang Y.Han CPA, PC NY Jan 15, 2016 $93,475
Senior International Tax Accountant World Fuel Services Corporation Miami, FL May 06, 2015 $93,237
Senior Tax Accountant Globallogic Inc. McLean, VA May 01, 2013 $84,000
Senior International Tax Accountant First Data Corporation Greenwood Village, CO Jul 28, 2016 $83,000
Senior International Tax Accountant First Data Corporation Greenwood Village, CO Mar 08, 2016 $83,000
Senior Tax Accountant Armanino LLP Los Angeles, CA Apr 14, 2016 $83,000
Senior International Tax Accountant Assurant, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 02, 2015 $82,751
Senior Tax Accountant Intertek USA Inc. Houston, TX May 11, 2015 $81,000
SR. Tax Accountant Milacron LLC Cincinnati, OH Mar 12, 2015 $80,000
SR. Tax Accountant Milacron LLC Cincinnati, OH Apr 01, 2016 $80,000
Senior Tax Accountant United Therapeutics Silver Spring, MD Jun 08, 2015 $72,000
Senior International Tax Accountant Piascik & Associates, P.C. Glen Allen, VA Oct 31, 2016 $70,000
Senior Income Tax Accountant Compass Group USA Inc. Charlotte, NC Mar 01, 2015 $70,000
Senior Tax Accountant Express Scripts Services Co. Saint Louis, MO Jul 15, 2013 $70,000
Senior Tax Accountant Michael J. Liccar & Company LLC Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2013 $70,000
Senior Tax Accountant Michael J. Liccar & Company LLC Chicago, IL Jan 06, 2014 $70,000
Senior Tax Accountant/Manager John D. Gentile CPA Pembroke Pines, FL Oct 26, 2016 $69,840
Senior International Tax Accountant World Fuel Services Corporation Miami, FL Nov 01, 2016 $69,160 -
$93,237

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Top Skills for A Senior Tax Accountant

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Top Senior Tax Accountant Skills

  1. Local Tax Returns
  2. Income Tax Returns
  3. Partnership Tax Returns
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared federal, state and local tax returns, supervised related audits, reviewed tax accruals and analyzed deferred tax accounts.
  • Prepared over 200 personal income tax returns between January and April.
  • Prepared Federal and State Corporate tax returns, Partnership tax returns, Individual tax returns.
  • Correspond with IRS through tax notice response and IRS audit research and analysis to ensure compliance with government regulations.
  • Performed compilation and review procedures for the preparation of financial statements.

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