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As a tax accountant, you need your resume to be spot on with all the t’s crossed and i’s dotted. You know that the people reviewing your resume will be auditing it closely, so it must have all the pertinent information and be well-presented. We’ll help you create an outstanding resume by giving you some guidance as well as a great example to use. A tax accountant is a professional that assists businesses, companies, and individuals prepare and file tax documents that are accurate and meet all legal requirements. They also utilize their expertise and knowledge of tax laws to increase tax savings and avoid penalties. Tax accountants are employed by many organizations including accounting firms, large businesses, payroll service providers, government agencies, and financial services firms.
If you’re at a loss on how to get your tax accountant resume started, then you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our example resume to show you how a solid and effective resume should look and what it should contain.
Start out with a short summary or introduction on why you’re a great tax accountant. It should point out what some of your best professional traits and abilities are. Include information about your career and achievements. How long have you been in the industry? What specialties do you have expertise in? Write a summary that pops because you want to grab the reader’s attention and make them want to read on.
The next major component of your tax accountant resume is to have a list of great skills. Make sure you have a mix of technical (hard) and nontechnical (people or soft) skills. Include your strongest skills, but try to list skills that are unique. Don’t have the usual skills that every tax accountant is going to have. Your goal is to make your resume stand out and be memorable to your potential new employer.
Keep the length of the list of skills reasonable. Eight to twelve is a good number. You don’t want to have a really long list of skills because it will take too much real estate on your resume and a potential boss is going to get bored reading a long set of terms. Remember to use words that are keywords or industry recognized terms for your skills. We’ll give you some examples at the end of this article.
After the summary is the professional experience section, beginning with your most recent role. In this section, you can include a short paragraph that lists your job duties, followed by a bulleted list of achievements–these are what will help you stand out from the competition.
Writing a resume is like a good tax statement. You need to include all the facts, but you don’t want to have a bunch of extraneous data or information on it. Keep it simple and avoid using a lot of adjectives and flowery wording. You don’t need to build up your accounting achievements. The numbers should speak for themselves.
Another reason for not using too many words is because you want to keep your resume brief. It should fit on no more than two pages, if you have a lot of work experience, one page if you don’t. Focus on the highlights of your career. Your potential new boss doesn’t need to see an explanation of what a tax accountant does. They already know that. List out the unique things you have done and spend most of your space on accomplishments.
Create a separate section for your education and any professional development (training) that you have. You can also include professional certifications and licenses in this section. Accounting usually involves working with a lot of technology, so include a section about all your tech skills and knowledge. Computer software and systems, as well as any other information technology expertise or experience that you may have. This will set your resume apart from other candidates, and that’s your goal.
Accounting and tax accounting specifically requires a lot of education, experience, and skills. Make sure your resume stands out by having the best and most relevant skills for the tax accountant position that you are applying for. Look at the job ad and note all the skills they require. Then use the ones that match your skill set.
Here are some solid skills to include on your tax accountant’s resume:
Offer 15+ years’ experience coordinating both tax and general accounting functions—leveraging vast industry knowledge, technical abilities, and analytical skills to advance key business and financial objectives. Track record of success in resolving complex tax and accounting issues, reclaiming millions in savings through reverse tax audits, driving implementation of innovative tax technologies, and serving as a trusted financial advisor to clients and internal teams. Personable and articulate with broad-based understanding of tax law.
Employment history example
Tax Accountant at Toth Brothers, Pittsburgh, PA
2017 - Present
Coordinate collection, analysis, calculation, and filing of tax-related information and forms to meet state and local tax deadlines. Plan and implement tax schedules, identify and recommend money-saving tax strategies, investigate and resolve tax issues, and interpret and apply tax law. Serve as tax advisor to business teams.
Conducted a reverse tax audit that led to the company receiving a $1.5M tax refund. Reviewed, extracted, and analyzed general ledger transactions, with specific focus on sales tax overages. Utilized Excel functions such as VLOOKUP and Hyperlink to create tailored spreadsheets for each vendor for whom a sales tax refund was due.
Serve as chief liaison between the company and Pennsylvania Department of Revenue in accepting and reviewing sales tax audit documentation.
Spearheaded initiative to implement a Sales Tax Determination and Tax Compliance solution to automate sales tax calculation and assignment processes.
Key contributor in team effort to research and resolve sales tax issues related to electronic transactions.
Tax Enterprise Integration Services Manager at Business Ventures, New York, NY
2014 - 2017
Orchestrated seamless implementation of accounting technologies tailored to specific customer business needs. Certified in Vertex Sales & Use Tax and Taxware (now Sovos) Systems; specialized in design and deployment of customized sales and use tax solutions.
Designed, deployed, and managed innovative payment processing and tracking system in support of a major outsourcing project.
Tax Supervisor at General Accident Insurance, Philadelphia, PA
2008 - 2014
Led five-person team in daily tax accounting operations, including state and local tax compliance, planning, research, and auditing initiatives. Administered annual tax budget of approximately $50M. Determined and managed technology needs for the Tax Department. Researched, interpreted, and informed staff about state and local tax matters. Issued tax guidelines and procedures to employees companywide.
Provided senior management with sound recommendations on proposed tax strategies to deliver financial gains and minimize tax liabilities.
Managed the timely, accurate processing of various returns, including Premium Tax, Income Tax, Sales / Use Tax, Real Estate Tax, Payroll Tax, Personal Property Tax, Occupational License Fees Tax, and Workers’ Compensation.
Master of Business Administration Degree at Drexel University
Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting at Drexel University
Tax Operations Management
Tax Structure & Design
Risk Mitigation / Cost Saving
Tax Audit Preparation
Tax Compliance & Research
Garland is a writer and technology consultant that lives in far west Texas, USA. He is semi-retired from a successful 25-year career in the Information Technology industry, and now spends his time writing for various websites (mostly career development related). Garland holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance, and a master’s degree in Economics and Computer Information Systems.