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Tax Accountant/Auditor CPA
Columbia, SC

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Tax Accountant/Auditor CPA
Columbia, SC
CPA OR EA Required
A Financial Service firm seeks a SENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANT who possesses a genuine passion for aiding small business owners in managing their financial matters. This individual should also possess a strong knowledge of processing tax returns. The role offers the chance to acquire a comprehensive understanding of various industries and business structures, providing ample opportunities for personal growth and development.

As a “back-office” accountant/CFO, you will be responsible for managing multiple small business clients. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining financial reports, records, and general ledger accounts.
  • Preparing journal entries, analyses, and account reconciliations, including monthly close processes.
  • Contributing to the development and review of annual operating budgets and performance projections.
  • Meeting processing and reporting deadlines for payroll, payroll tax returns, and sales tax.
  • Responding to information requests, reviewing financial statements, and assisting with internal audits.
  • Performing year-end financial reviews, preparing depreciation schedules, and handling tax return preparation for various business entity types.
  • Ensuring compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  • Responding to tax notices on behalf of clients.
  • Participating in client meetings, both in-person and through virtual platforms like phone and Zoom.
  • Conducting reviews of client deliverables prepared by bookkeepers.
  • Assisting the managing CPA as required.
  • Providing training to bookkeepers and interns as needed.
  • Collect tax forms and meticulously track client paperwork.
  • Adhere to firm procedures for gathering tax documentation from all tax return clients.
  • Conduct tax intake meetings to ensure the acquisition of necessary paperwork for various client circumstances.
  • Utilize Lacerte to input client tax data and perform diagnostics to ensure accuracy.
  • Collaborate with the team to facilitate the smooth flow of tax returns and meet deadlines.
  • Identify potential tax credits to optimize tax benefits for clients.
  • Offer tax solutions for complex tax issues or errors stemming from incorrect tax filings.
  • Identify legal tax-saving opportunities and recommend strategies to enhance profitability.
  • Ensure clients’ compliance with federal, state, and local tax regulations.
  • Stay up-to-date with tax changes and industry trends through participation in educational opportunities, professional organizations, networking, and reading professional publications.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, with 3-5 years of accounting experience in a fast-paced accounting firm.
  • A robust understanding of financial statements and general ledger accounting.
  • Demonstrated thoroughness and proficiency in analyzing financial data, along with the confidence to engage with clients.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to take full ownership of high-volume client deadlines and reporting.
  • Capability to meticulously track billable time in increments of at least 15 minutes throughout the workday.
  • Proficiency in handling multiple clients and tasks simultaneously, including transactional bookkeeping and processing tax returns during tax season with accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to explain complex tax matters in accessible terms.
  • A team-oriented, kind, dedicated, and loyal approach to work, with the availability to work in the office.
  • Working knowledge of Excel, QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Online, CCH, and Lacerte.
  • Annual Continuing Professional Education (CPE) provided by the company.
  • Additional qualifications such as EA (Enrolled Agent), CPA (Certified Public Accountant), or progress towards obtaining these designations would be advantageous.
  • Salary depending on experience
  • Staff outings (Fun!)
  • Bonus potential
  • Company paid health insurance & life insurance
  • Casual work environment
  • Flexible schedule
  • Vision, Dental, Disability insurances available
  • Paid time-off and Holidays
  • Health spending accounts
  • Comp time
  • 401(k) / Roth 401(k) component 

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