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Working As A Tax Associate

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

  • Repetitive

  • $58,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Tax Associate Do At KPMG

* Support the discovery, development, and drive execution of high priority strategic business initiatives and programs of within the U
* S. Tax practice and across the firm in areas such as: Talent Strategy, Innovation, New Service Offering Development, Market Development and Industries and other general business strategy and operations programs
* Support directors and managers in the development and management of project plans and overall execution of various activities needed to bring projects from start to finish and apply strategic and critical thinking skills to offer solutions to team and key stakeholders
* Collaborate (often virtually) with people who have a variety of skills and backgrounds, including Firm leadership, service delivery professionals, and core support groups like human resources, IT, risk, marketing, communications, and many others
* Facilitate calls, in-person meetings, workshops, and internal events and prepare agendas, participant lists, meeting minutes, and communications including presentations, announcements, thought leadership, and other collateral or deliverables
* Develop periodic and ad hoc reports to summarize project accomplishments and issues such as: tracking revenue, client opportunities, data entry, document review and research
* Manage multiple projects at any given time, working as a member of several teams simultaneously

What Does A Tax Associate Do At Kelly Services

* Interpret and apply Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax regulations to client accounts to ensure regulatory compliance.
* Assist Financial Advisors, branch, and operations associates with tax reporting related questions.
* Research and correct tax issues and clean-ups as assigned.
* Explain Non-resident Alien treaties and Unites States withholding requirements to others.
* Review 1099 and 1042 questions and issues and be able to resolve them within the guidelines of the IRS regulations.
* Assist with administrative duties such as printing and remailing tax forms.
* Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
* Knowledge of:
* General office practices, procedures, and methods.
* Tax reporting concepts, practices and procedures.
* TEFRA regulations for withholding, securities, and IRS filing requirements for Forms 1099, 2439, 945, 1042, 1042S

What Does A Tax Associate Do At Compass Minerals

* include but are not limited to the following: /(Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time.)/
* Prepare U
* S. federal and state income tax compliance.
* Prepare Canadian federal and provincial income tax compliance.
* Prepare tax returns (including sales tax, use tax and property tax).
* Reconcile and review tax basis of fixed assets in fixed asset system including review of tax depreciation calculations and reconciliation of fixed assets between fixed asset system and Company’s ERP system.
* Participate in audits of both indirect taxes and income tax, prepare technical research and apply tax laws to audit assessment.
* Prepare tax work papers, as assigned.
* Responsible for analyzing incoming data for tax return calculations

What Does A Tax Associate Do At Randstad

* Prepare tax returns including individual, S
* Corporations, partnerships and trust returns
* Communicate directly with clients and their other professional advisors to coordinate delivery of services
* Develop and maintain an excellent working relationship with all levels of client staff to increase customer satisfaction and to strengthen client relationships
* Pledge to provide exceptional service to every client by providing individual attention, responsiveness and commitment to understanding their goals and needs
* Detailed reviews of tax returns and provide feedback to staff
* Daily collaboration with tax practitioners and other related levels of business managers and staff, including partners, directors, clients and third party appraisers

What Does A Tax Associate Do At Dish

* Monitor indirect tax engines and billing systems for Purchasing Company Research, troubleshoot, and resolve subscriber tax billing issues in a timely manner Reviews and processes customer exemption certificates Gather and verify property tax data for Personal Property tax audits and provide support for audit and refund process Identify and implement improvements in efficiencies across the indirect tax department Other duties as assigned Skills
* Experience and Requirements A successful Tax Associate Accountant will have the following: Bachelor---s degree from a four-year college or equivalent experience; or combination of education and experience.
* Experience working in a fast-paced office environment.
* Candidate should have experience working with large amounts of data and excellent organizational skills.
* Experience with Vertex tax solutions is a plus.
* Intermediate to advanced MS Excel and beginner MS Access skills.
* Must be a self-starter with an upbeat and positive attitude with the ability to multi-task.
* Critical thinking and a high degree of

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How To Become A Tax Associate

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).  


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.


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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  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Korean

  • Japanese

  • German

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Cantonese

  • Vietnamese

  • Ukrainian

  • Albanian

  • Portuguese

  • Romanian

  • Gujarati

  • Armenian

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Real Tax Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tax Associate (Mid-Level) Goodwin Procter LLP San Francisco, CA May 01, 2016 $185,000
Wealth Planning/Tax Associate Withers Bergman LLP New York, NY Jul 13, 2016 $170,000
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP New York, NY Nov 22, 2016 $121,500
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Melville, NY Nov 22, 2016 $121,500
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP New York, NY Mar 20, 2016 $115,000
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP San Jose, CA Jul 19, 2016 $115,000
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP San Francisco, CA Aug 29, 2016 $115,000
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $115,000
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Boston, MA Sep 14, 2016 $110,000
Tax Associate RBS Securities Inc. Stamford, CT Nov 01, 2015 $108,000
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Atlanta, GA Sep 09, 2015 $105,000
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Boston, MA Oct 08, 2016 $105,000
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP McLean, VA Aug 29, 2016 $105,000
Tax Associate RBS Securities, Inc. Stamford, CT Feb 10, 2015 $105,000
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Melville, NY Jan 10, 2016 $61,048 -
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP New York, NY Jul 07, 2016 $61,000 -
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP New York, NY Jun 07, 2016 $61,000 -
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP New York, NY Jul 15, 2016 $61,000 -
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Stamford, CT Sep 15, 2015 $60,400 -
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $60,200 -
Tax Associate The I.M. Group, LLC New York, NY Oct 17, 2016 $55,952
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP San Jose, CA Aug 12, 2015 $55,900 -
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP San Jose, CA Aug 27, 2015 $55,900 -
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP San Jose, CA Aug 04, 2015 $55,786 -
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP San Jose, CA Jun 01, 2015 $55,786 -
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP San Jose, CA Aug 17, 2015 $55,786 -
Tax Associate S&D Tax and Accounting Inc. NY Jul 09, 2016 $55,556
Tax Associate Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Chicago, IL Apr 20, 2016 $55,536 -

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Top Tax Associate Skills

  1. Local Tax Returns
  2. Income Tax Returns
  3. Financial Statements
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare sole proprietor federal, state and local tax returns.
  • Prepared income tax returns for corporate and partnership entities operating in multiple taxing jurisdictions.
  • Compiled partnership and corporate financial statements.
  • Interpret and apply Federal tax law in the preparation of individual, partnership, exempt organization, and corporate tax returns.
  • Consult tax law handbooks or bulletins to determine procedure for preparation of a typical return.

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