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Head of Tax Department 


Position Summary:

The Head of the Tax Department is responsible for leadership, direction, guidance and control of the firms tax department activities to assure the short and long-term profitability and growth of the firm. Strong organizational and inter-personal skills are a must. Advanced technical skills in a variety of tax areas, along with well-developed and applied management and supervisory skills are required. This role will have the individual spend approximately 80% of their time managing and supervising the department and the other 20% performing tax review. Pro-active and passion for the role and desire to make a meaningful contribution to a growing tax department is preferred.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Responsibilities include:
    • Resource for tax specialists and A&A staff on specific tax issues and/or questions.
    • Expert knowledge and experience with flow-through entity return review and technical issues.
    • Delegates governmental tax examinations. Supervises tax staff and provides on-the-job training.
    • Possesses a complete knowledge of the firms philosophy and its opinions on tax matters.
    • Participates in firms practice development efforts through involvement with referral sources, community and industry activities.
    • Utilization of skills developed over time to continue being an authoritative resource in the community, locally and nationally.
    • Delegation and management of tax research projects to achieve an accurate and efficient product.
    • Involved with hiring experienced staff members as they are needed.
    • Meet with the Managing Director and Tax Directors on a regular basis with status and updates within the department.
    • Oversight, understanding and evaluation of technology needs of the tax department.
    • Maintenance of the firms tax library, including all research tools and software.
    • Overview of research and technical information developed within the department.
    • Must communicate with firm directors and staff in a timely manner, via e-mail or in-person
    • Communication of tax information among our clients and professionals within the firm.
    • Oversight of all administrative individuals and process involved with the tax department.
    • Oversee the training and advancement of all individuals within the department consistent with the firms growth plans along with appropriate training for non-tax department professional staff that prepare tax returns.
    • Lead and organize regular tax department meetings.
    • Evaluate overall quality assurance within the department of all tax returns generated by the firm, including processes to assure the quality of our product.
    • Assess staffing and skill levels needed to match the firms current and future client needs.
    • Manage the departments timely completion of tax work.
    • Tax department organization for utilization and assignment of work to the appropriate staff.
    • Strong organizational skills
Position Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • At least 12 years experience in public accounting and /or family business practice, demonstrating a proven progression in tax return complexity, scope and research.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience supervising, directing, and managing work of tax professionals, multiple tax department functions or as a department leader.
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting required and Master’s degree in Taxation required or similar advanced degree.
  • Current and valid CPA required


  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proactive instead of reactive
  • Passionate about taxes
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office--in particular Excel and Word, GoSystem, planning software and online research software.
  • Strong team building experience and success (lead by example)
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and analyzing problems logically and comprehensively, distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant information
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment as well as independently
  • Ability to handle sensitive/confidential matters in a tactful and discreet manner
  • Ability to interface with a variety of management levels
  • Strong negotiation and persuasion skills.



  • Flexible hours and a hybrid work model
  • Dress for your day attire (jeans in the office and appropriate attire at clients)
  • Tuition reimbursement on degrees of Masters in Accounting and Masters in Taxation
  • Reimbursement for CPA exam
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Payment of CPE and professional membership costs
  • Mentoring and Leadership Development Programs
  • Fun firm sponsored social events
  • Generous paid time off and holiday time
  • 15% referral fee for bringing in new clients
  • Competitive compensation package and broad range of insurance programs
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Chicago  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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