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Working As A Tax Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $116,999

    Average Salary

What Does A Tax Manager Do

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Duties

Financial managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports, and forecasts
  • Monitor financial details to ensure that legal requirements are met
  • Supervise employees who do financial reporting and budgeting
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to maximize profits and find expansion opportunities
  • Help management make financial decisions

The role of the financial manager, particularly in business, is changing in response to technological advances that have substantially reduced the amount of time it takes to produce financial reports. Financial managers’ main responsibility used to be monitoring a company’s finances, but they now do more data analysis and advise senior managers on ways to maximize profits. They often work on teams, acting as business advisors to top executives.

Financial managers also do tasks that are specific to their organization or industry. For example, government financial managers must be experts on government appropriations and budgeting processes, and healthcare financial managers must know about topics in healthcare finance. Moreover, financial managers must be knowledgeable about special tax laws and regulations that affect their industry.

The following are examples of types of financial managers:

Chief financial officers (CFOs) are accountable for the accuracy of a company’s or organization’s financial reporting, especially among publicly traded companies. As head of a company’s entire financial department, they manage the lower level financial managers. They oversee the company’s financial goals, objectives, and budgets.

Controllers direct the preparation of financial reports that summarize and forecast the organization’s financial position, such as income statements, balance sheets, and analyses of future earnings or expenses. Controllers also are in charge of preparing special reports required by governmental agencies that regulate businesses. Often, controllers oversee the accounting, audit, and budget departments of their organization.

Treasurers and finance officers direct their organization’s budgets to meet its financial goals. They oversee the investment of funds and carry out strategies to raise capital (such as issuing stocks or bonds) to support the firm’s expansion. They also develop financial plans for mergers (two companies joining together) and acquisitions (one company buying another).

Credit managers oversee their firm’s credit business. They set credit-rating criteria, determine credit ceilings, and monitor the collections of past-due accounts.

Cash managers monitor and control the flow of cash that comes in and goes out of the company to meet the company’s business and investment needs. For example, they must project cash flow (amounts coming in and going out) to determine whether the company will have a shortage or surplus of cash. 

Risk managers control financial risk by using strategies to limit or offset the probability of a financial loss or a company’s exposure to financial uncertainty. Among the risks they try to limit are those that stem from currency or commodity price changes.

Insurance managers decide how best to limit a company’s losses by obtaining insurance against risks, such as the need to make disability payments for an employee who gets hurt on the job or the costs imposed by a lawsuit against the company.

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How To Become A Tax Manager

Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more of experience in another business or financial occupation, such as an accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst.

Education

A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. However, many employers now seek candidates with a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Professional certification is not required, but some financial managers still get it to demonstrate a level of competence. The CFA Institute confers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification to investment professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of work experience, and pass three exams. The Association for Financial Professionals confers the Certified Treasury Professional credential to those who pass an exam and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Financial managers usually have experience in another business or financial occupation. For example, they may have worked as a loan officer, accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst. 

In some cases, companies provide formal management training programs to help prepare highly motivated and skilled financial workers to become financial managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial managers increasingly are assisting executives in making decisions that affect their organization, a task which requires analytical ability.

Communication skills. Excellent communication skills are essential because financial managers must explain and justify complex financial transactions.

Detail oriented. In preparing and analyzing reports such as balance sheets and income statements, financial managers must be precise and attentive to their work in order to avoid errors.

Math skills. Financial managers must be skilled in math, including algebra. An understanding of international finance and complex financial documents also is important.

Organizational skills. Financial managers deal with a range of information and documents and so they must stay organized to do their jobs effectively.

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Tax Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

56.1%

Female

41.1%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.3%

French

11.9%

Russian

8.5%

Portuguese

6.8%

Korean

5.1%

German

5.1%

Mandarin

3.4%

Turkish

1.7%

Romanian

1.7%

Gujarati

1.7%

Hindi

1.7%

Dutch

1.7%

Ukrainian

1.7%

Norwegian

1.7%

Armenian

1.7%

Kazakh

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%
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Tax Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.8%

DePaul University

8.8%

Villanova University

7.3%

University of Houston

7.3%

Golden Gate University-San Francisco

6.9%

University of Denver

6.0%

Georgia State University

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Hofstra University

4.7%

University of Southern California

4.4%

University of North Texas

4.1%

Pace University - New York

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.5%

Georgetown University

3.5%

University of Notre Dame

3.2%

American University

3.2%

Michigan State University

2.8%

University of Mississippi

2.8%

University of Florida

2.8%
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Majors

Accounting

43.6%

Taxation

19.6%

Business

17.7%

Finance

4.5%

Law

4.4%

Legal Research And Advanced Professional Studies

2.6%

Management

1.7%

Economics

1.2%

Marketing

0.6%

Education

0.5%

Psychology

0.5%

Computer Science

0.5%

Criminal Justice

0.5%

Political Science

0.4%

Human Resources Management

0.4%

Elementary Education

0.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.3%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.3%

Business Economics

0.3%

Communication

0.3%
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Degrees

Masters

41.7%

Bachelors

40.2%

Other

8.5%

Doctorate

5.0%

Certificate

2.4%

Associate

1.6%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real Tax Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
International Tax Manager DSM Services USA, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $212,179
International Tax Manager DSM Services USA Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Feb 17, 2016 $206,500
Tax Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers Philadelphia, PA Aug 26, 2016 $189,155
TAS Manager- Transaction Tax-M&A Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Jose, CA Jan 07, 2015 $180,000
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Dec 20, 2016 $174,603
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY May 07, 2016 $174,000
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP McLean, VA Jun 30, 2016 $166,900
Tax Manager (TAX Management Consulting) Deloitte Tax LLP San Jose, CA Jun 28, 2016 $166,379 -
$169,379
Tax Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Philadelphia, PA May 10, 2015 $165,500
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP McLean, VA Jan 25, 2015 $162,000
Tax Manager (TAX Management Consulting) Deloitte Tax LLP Dallas, TX Jul 31, 2015 $161,782 -
$164,782
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Wilmington, DE Oct 21, 2016 $160,829
Tax Manager Deloitte Tax LLP San Jose, CA Nov 12, 2016 $160,000
Manager, Tax Equity Fund Administrator NRG Energy, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 03, 2015 $159,000
Tax Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Chicago, IL May 10, 2016 $115,981 -
$177,000
Tax Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Philadelphia, PA Feb 15, 2016 $115,565 -
$227,500
Global Compliance Reporting-Tax Manager (Mult. POS.) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Diego, CA Nov 14, 2016 $115,500
Manager, Tax KPMG LLP McLean, VA Feb 04, 2015 $115,378
Tax Manager Cohnreznick LLP Los Angeles, CA Dec 22, 2015 $115,086
Tax Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP Troy, MI Oct 19, 2015 $115,000
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Chicago, IL Mar 05, 2015 $115,000
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Chicago, IL Mar 30, 2015 $115,000
Tax Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers San Jose, CA Mar 02, 2015 $101,566
Tax Manager Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP San Jose, CA Feb 15, 2016 $101,500
Indirect Tax Manager-State and Local Tax Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA May 27, 2015 $101,450 -
$105,500
Indirect Tax Manager (ITM)-State and Local Tax-Employment Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA Jul 06, 2015 $101,425
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Chicago, IL Sep 29, 2015 $101,230
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP New York, NY Sep 29, 2015 $101,230
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Seattle, WA Jan 10, 2016 $101,200
Tax Manager Ernst & Young U.S. LLP San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $101,200

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Top Skills for A Tax Manager

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  1. Income
  2. Tax Compliance
  3. Financial Statements
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  • Prepared personal income tax documents for individuals and small businesses.
  • Developed a tax compliance process to integrate a paperless environment from data collection to tax return delivery.
  • Monitored the completion of 25 reconciliations of expense and liability accounts for five different business units to ensure accurate financial statements.
  • Prepared/Reviewed Federal Forms 1120-RIC, including Schedules M-1 and M-2, 1065, 8613, & Multi-State Partnership Tax Returns.
  • Designed and implemented non-U.S. reporting model to improve efficiency of process of communicating results of tax provision process.

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