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Senior, Tax Accountant - Entrepreneurial Services (Small Business)

Company: Brown Smith Wallace
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: July 15, 2019

Job Description:


The Senior Accountant, under direct supervision, prepares federal and state tax returns of individuals and businesses, as well as other tax filings (e.g. sales, payroll, excise, gift, trusts, and estates). Additionally, they maintain financial reports, records and general ledgers.


  • Assist with tax/accounting services including planning, research, and compliance

  • Prepare income tax returns for various entities and individuals

  • Handle IRS and state taxing authorities' correspondence

  • Interact with client personnel on tax return information, due dates, deadlines, and other compliance matters

  • Recognize potential problem areas in projects/returns and follow-up with appropriate discussion(s)

  • Calculate federal and state quarterly estimates and annual extensions

  • Reconcile various tax accounts and prepare account roll forward schedules

  • Prepare work papers to support the completion of state and federal corporate income tax, as well as current and deferred tax provisions

  • Help train Staff Accountants in various areas (software, technical issues, etc.)

  • Review less complex and individual returns and business returns

    Additional Duties included but not limited to:

    • Manage own workload by:

      • Monitoring project/return deadlines,

      • Maintaining frequent daily contact with clients, Partners, and Principals to assess project status and problems encountered

      • Showing proficiency when handling multiple engagements

        • Participate in training

        • Look for opportunities to provide additional services to clients through internal cross-selling

        • Develop a network of referral sources through active involvement in professional and civic organizations

        • Provide creativity in evaluating tax/accounting service procedures and recommend improvements in those areas

        • Exhibit a desire to understand more complex business transactions and related issues

        • Maintain a current awareness and understanding of and to fully comply with the firm's code of ethics, independence rules and quality control practices.

        • Perform other duties as requested or assigned

          education AND EXPERIENCE:

          • BS/BA degree in Accountancy

          • CPA or CPA candidate preferred

          • 3 to 5 years of experience in federal and corporate tax compliance work in public accounting

          • Familiar with the AICPA Professional Code of Conduct

          • Proficient in MS Office programs, tax-preparation & write-up programs, and online tax research

          • Flexible to handle complex assignments as well as routine tax work (both of which require hands on tax experience)

          • Able to research routine and complex tax issues

          • Able to work independently and in a team setting when required

          • Excellent analytical, organizational, and project management skills

          • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills

          • Able to develop and maintain strong client relationships


            While performing the duties of this job, the employee must regularly sit, talk, listen, and respond. The employee frequently is required to walk and use fingers, tools, and/or various controls. The employee must occasionally stand and reach with arms and hands. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and depth perception. Occasionally, the employee will lift up to 25 pounds or more, such as, to lift files, papers and equipment.

            The above physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties.


            The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet with frequent interruptions. The employee continuously interacts with staff and/or clients. Travel may be necessary to various client or business sites for delivery of work product. Occasional overtime is required throughout the year. Heavy overtime work is required from February 1 through April 15 and August 15 through October 15 ("spring busy season" and "fall busy season", respectively) and may be in excess of 55 hours per week. Additional policies may be put into effect during busy season, i.e., no vacation or non-emergency-related personal time away from the office. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties.

            The information contained in job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

            Brown Smith Wallace is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the law. Brown Smith Wallace is committed to providing a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment.

Keywords: Brown Smith Wallace, St. Louis , Senior, Tax Accountant - Entrepreneurial Services (Small Business), Accounting, Auditing , Saint Louis, Missouri

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