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Core Tax Associate - Summer 2024 - Chicago



Feb 18

  • Job
    Entry Level
  • Accounting & Tax
  • Chicago

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  • Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, or Statistics, CPA certification or Masters degree preferred, leadership and accounting internship experience, eligibility for CPA exams and IRS EA, proficiency in Microsoft Office, strong communication and teamwork skills, ability to follow instructions and prepare simple tax returns.
  • Provide tax compliance services to clients, ensuring full compliance while minimizing tax burdens. Prepare tax returns, document significant tax positions, and assist with income tax provisions. Develop tax strategies to maximize client benefits and identify potential tax opportunities. Collaborate with team members and adhere to Firm policies and standards.


  • Education:
  • Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or Statistics required OR Bachelor's degree in other focus area and CPA certification required
  • Masters in Accountancy or Taxation preferred
  • Experience:
  • Leadership experience preferred
  • Accounting based internship preferred
  • License/Certifications:
  • Eligible to sit for the CPA exams; progress towards admission to practice in a U.S. jurisdiction; progress towards Internal Revenue Service Enrolled Agent (“EA”) (or progress towards the equivalent of one of these designations) upon starting employment preferred
  • Software:
  • Proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite preferred
  • Other Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to follow instructions as directed
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • Takes appropriate actions without being asked
  • Seeks advice of appropriate superiors regarding issues related to compliance
  • Ability to prepare simple tax returns


  • Tax Compliance:
  • Ensures both that (a) clients comply with all applicable authorities, while at the same time minimizing their tax and reporting burdens, and (b) self and client service teams comply with all Firm policies, standards, and the BDO Tax Quality Manual (“TQM”).
  • Applies understanding of client’s unique set of circumstances, documentation, and/or other requirements mandated by law and prepares required filings (tax returns) using a system of review and documentation to ensure that the client is in full compliance, while keeping the client’s tax and reporting burden’s as low as possible;
  • Ensures all data needed to comply with filing requirements are collected; identifies and properly communicates missing items to prepare return;
  • Utilizes Firm compliance software to maximize efficiency in tax prep process
  • Effectively teams with Senior on completion of project (follow-up with Open items list;
  • Documents all significant tax positions
  • ASC 740-10 (FAS 109 and FIN 48) Tax Accruals:
  • Correctly and proactively applies Firm policies, standards, and the BDO Tax Quality Manual (TQM) regarding FAS 109 and FIN 48.
  • Assists with prep and/or review of income tax provisions
  • Tax Consulting:
  • Assists with developing, recommending, and implementing efficient and effective methods to maximize client benefits, especially by decreasing clients’ current and future taxes.
  • Applies knowledge of home state corporate, partnership and individual tax structure and filing requirements in completing assigned work;
  • Effectively drafts clear and concise general memorandums and correspondence;
  • Identifies potential relevant tax issues or opportunities as part of the tax compliance process.
  • Other duties as required


What are the main responsibilities of a Core Tax Services Associate?

The main responsibilities of a Core Tax Services Associate include assisting with the preparation of tax returns, conducting research, utilizing basic research skills, and working with tax software applications to complete simple tax returns for review.

What skills are required for this role?

This role requires a strong educational background, good communication skills, organizational skills, basic research skills, and proficiency in using tax software applications.

What will the daily tasks of a Core Tax Services Associate look like?

The daily tasks of a Core Tax Services Associate will involve preparing tax returns, conducting research, collaborating with team members, utilizing tax software applications, and working on simple tax returns for review.

What is the location of this role?

This role is based in Chicago.

Is this a full-time role or a summer internship?

This is a summer position for the year 2024.

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