Career Story: CPA And Tax Accountant

CPA And Tax Accountant

Job Title: CPA And Tax Accountant

Type of Company: A regional accounting firm offering audit, tax, internal audit and compliance services. The tax compliance area of the firm serves both businesses and individuals.

Education: BS, Business Administration - Accounting

Previous Experience: I worked at a CPA firm in the audit department for 4 years. I then went to work as accounting manager at a public company in Boston, working my way up to controller. I then wanted to scale back my hours to start a family and went to work in my current role as tax accountant in a CPA firm

Job Tasks: I prepare corporate tax returns and partnership tax returns for many small businesses. To do this, I must request the appropriate data from the client. This involves obtaining the client's accounting records and supporting documentation. I then must review the data and prepare the tax calculations and tax returns. In addition, I assist in estimating tax liability for the owners and shareholders of those small businesses on a quarterly basis. I also offer assistance to clients on questions that relate to their tax returns. I also prepare some individual tax returns.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of this job is the flexibility. I set my own hours and work from home. I am very intellectually challenged by this job and I am learning all the time. The clients are extremely grateful for the help they receive and feel relieved to have a tax expert to assist them with their filings.

Job Tips: If an accounting student were to ask me advice, the number one thing I would tell him would be, "Get your CPA license." It is not required in many accounting jobs, but it will be very hard to climb the corporate ladder in an accounting firm without it. It also offers tremendous flexibility and carries a certain credibility. A CPA license will also allow you to migrate into other business management roles if desired. To obtain a CPA license, you must complete 4-5 years of college education and take a multi-part exam. Additionally, there is a "years of service" component. The regulations vary by state.

Additional Thoughts: To be successful in this career you have to be detail-oriented, reliable and accountable for the quality of your work. It is also important to be able to manage your schedule and time. There are a tremendous number of deadlines to meet in my work. Research is also a big part of tax accounting.

Popular Schools offering Accounting Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Try Your Introductory Course Risk Free

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration in Accounting
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Master of Business Administration - Accounting, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor
  • Programs: Master - Professional Accounting, BS - Accounting, Master - Finance
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

Push Your Creativity To The Next Level

  • Programs: Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Master of Science (Online)
  • Degrees: Master

You’re serious about success. With your busy schedule and the desire to move your career forward, you can earn an accredited associate, bachelors or master’s degree at a pace that works for you anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

At AIU, the Serious U, you can get started to get ahead.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Accounting , Bachelor's (BBA) - Accounting, Bachelor's (BBA) - Forensic Accounting, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online

  • Programs: Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Associate of Arts in Accounting, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Accounting, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Associate, Master
National Career College
Panorama City

Choosing a school and a new career path can be a very overwhelming process.

  • Programs:
  • Degrees:
California College San Diego
National City, San Diego, San Marcos

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

  • Programs: Business Management & Accounting (AAS), Accounting (BS), Business Management & Accounting - Property Management (AAS), more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor

Discover the Difference a Community of Support Makes in Your Educational Journey. From Application to Graduation, the Support You Need to Achieve Your Goals. 100% Online.

  • Programs: AS in Accounting, BS in Accounting, BA in Business Administration Accounting, more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Bachelor
Milan Institute

Prepare for an exciting new career at the Milan Institute.

  • Programs: Accounting
  • Degrees: Diploma
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Accountants And Auditors

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Accountants And Auditors, including:

Back to Top