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Staff Accountant
Lake Forest, IL

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$75,000 - $95,000 / yr

North Suburban Chicago CPA seeks dynamic Staff Accountant

Here is your opportunity to make your mark and join a one of the best CPA firms in the Chicago Area. We have been consistently voted as one of the best places to work in Chicago, and value a quality of life work environment for our associates.

We are looking for a Staff Accountant. We prefer a background with experience in public accounting, with exposure to federal and state income tax, financial reporting, and general accounting. 

Summary of Responsibilities:

Qualified candidates will be responsible for preparing a wide variety of tax returns, financial reporting, assisting in responding to taxing authorities, and general accounting.

Essential Functions:

  • Record transactions in ledgers, prepare trial balances and run reports using various software programs including CCH Axcess and QuickBooks Online.
  • Reconcile accounts to trial balance.
  • Perform schedule computation of accruals, property and equipment and calculation of depreciation expense.
  • Preparation of tax returns: individual, gift, trust, partnership, S-Corporation & non-profit.
  • Perform accounting, auditing and tax duties as needed.
  • May be required to perform all phases of an engagement including report writing and tax return preparation.
  • Prepare tax projections for individuals and businesses.
  • Respond to tax notices, communicate with taxing authorities and partner regarding such notices.
  • Contact third parties and client personnel for additional information required to prepare tax return or complete audit & attest engagements.
  • Prepare extensions and quarterly estimated tax payments.
  • Assist with tax research projects.
  • Ensure proper accounting for income taxes.
  • Works directly with clients during attestation engagements.
  • Prepares working papers, financial statements, tax returns, and other reports in accordance with generally accepted professional and firm standards.
  • Communicates engagement’s progress, problems, resolutions, financial information, tax activity and other business concerns to partners and supervisors.

Other Functions:

  • Demonstrate analytical, organization, interpersonal, project management, and communication skills
  • Prepares other reports and projects as requested.
  • Maintain and build relationships with clients through good communication, timely service and support of client’s needs.

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Master’s degree in Accounting is encouraged.
  • 2 to 5 years of experience providing tax compliance services in a public accounting firm.
  • CPA preferred

We offer:

  • An open door policy, which encourages new staff members to ask questions and promotes strong professional development.
  • Outstanding benefits include 20 days personal time off, 401(k) plan, profit sharing, sponsored continuing education, health and life insurance and competitive salary.
  • We are steps away from the Metra and public transportation is an option.
  • A quality of life work environment and a commitment to employee growth, development, and advancement.

Other Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance



  • CPA (Preferred)

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