What does a Senior Tax Accountant do?

A tax accountant plays a vital role in preparing and submitting tax forms. Additionally, a tax accountant analyzes financial information and assist all departments are well-informed of the current best practices in the field of accounting. A tax accountant is valuable to the accounting and finance department as they have formal education and training in how to properly account for company expenses and the correct way to file yearly tax forms.

Tax Accountants require specialized training and must hold at least a bachelor's degree in accounting. Additional certification, such as a Certified Public Accountant license is generally required for higher level positions. A tax accountant will organize and analyze spending and seek to increase write-offs and lower the businesses taxable profit. Due to the financial and personal nature of the position, a tax accountant must possess both personal integrity and meticulous attention to detail.

  • Review and verify tax forms completed by clients to ensure their proper submission
  • Properly research and seek the advice of senior-level accountants when confronted with particularly challenging or unusual tax circumstances
  • Gather appropriate materials regarding yearly tax tables, instructions and forms to accurately calculate taxes for clients
  • Work closely with clients to obtain personal information regarding potential deductions, educational grants or allowances
  • Inform clients of important paperwork and documentation needed to complete tax forms accurately
  • Meet with clients and address their questions and concerns regarding tax forms and paperwork
  • Review financial statements, expenses and previous tax returns to identify the best strategy for completing future returns
  • Organize and prepare income tax forms for businesses and individuals in preparation for yearly filing
  • Bachelor's degree in Finance of Accounting
  • Certification Public Accountant license is generally preferred
  • Professional experience working with confidential and sensitive information
  • Experience managing business paperwork and accounting for a large company
  • Knowledge of state and federal tax form processes and how to accurately properly prepare forms for each
  • Ability to communicate effectively and keep all departments aware of necessary documentation and paperwork
  • Professional understanding of the best accounting strategies and advanced mathematical skills
  • Experience consulting tax handbooks or other printed materials to determine the proper procedures for preparing advanced level returns
  • Skilled using tax preparation software and experience in troubleshooting common tax program challenges
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$85,800 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$72K
Median: $86K
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AzetsAzets
Tax Senior
30 Sep 2021

“Progression and career prospects are stunted and remuneration packages are extremely uncompetitive compared within the industry.”

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Senior Tax Accountant
29 Mar 2021

“It’s a great place to learn how to really do your job well and feel good doing it.”

PwCPwC
Tax Trainee
8 Nov 2021

“3. Career growth and development especially if you want to pursue the public accounting career path”

Saffery ChampnessSaffery Champness
Corporate Tax Senior
26 May 2020

“I received fantastic training on the job which helped me grasp complex areas of corporate tax.”

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Tax Intern
5 Aug 2021

“workers are not stereotype accountants at all!!! Very fun to work with.”

KPMGKPMG
Tax Intern
18 Sep 2019

“The learning opportunity really depends on if there is anyone in the team would like to teach you.”

Haines WattsHaines Watts
Tax Trainee
8 Apr 2021

“The training that was advertised with the job never seemed to arrive and I was told this was because I was not ready.”

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Tax Intern
20 Feb 2021

“Amazing and kind people who are great to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a senior tax accountant

When working as a senior tax accountant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Relationship-building, Microsoft Office Suite, Excellent Organizational, Excellent Communication and Audit.

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The most common qualifications to become a senior tax accountant is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.