What does a Tax Manager do?

Tax managers are primarily responsible for accurately preparing and filing state and federal tax documents. In addition, tax managers develop tax strategies and policies that help the client or business maintain compliance with local and federal tax laws and regulations. Lastly, tax managers work to identify tax problems and propose solutions. Tax managers can work in-house for a business or work as a consultant for multiple clients.

Tax managers generally have a bachelor's or master's degree in accounting, business, economics, or finance. In addition, many states and all publicly traded companies require that tax managers have their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license from the local state board of accountancy. Obtaining a CPA license entails education, accounting experience, and passing the Uniform CPA Examination.

What responsibilities are common for Tax Manager jobs?
  • Facilitate and manage the preparation and review company federal tax returns and the accurate, timely filing of all tax forms.
  • Ensure accurate, timely filing of consolidated federal, state and local income tax returns and other business related filings.
  • Find and implement opportunities for process improvement in company tax procedures.
  • Develop and implement strategic tax planning for all necessary federal and state taxes.
  • Manage members of the tax team as they prepare components of the company's US federal income tax return and other tax documents.
  • Plan for and develop overall return calendar and coordinate timing and inputs with tax team.
  • Maintain effective control procedures over all aspects of the tax process.
  • Manage and facilitate IRS income tax audits: preparing responses, creating schedules, etc.
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory tax law developments, communicate the effects of these developments to management and the tax team and create strategies to capitalize on changes to taxation legislation.
  • Provide support with various internal audits and special tax related projects.
  • Review tax returns and quarterly/yearly tax projections.
  • Manage and mentor members of tax team to greater levels of effectiveness and engagement.
What are the typical qualifications for Tax Manager jobs?
  • Extensive individual/corporate/partnership tax knowledge
  • Strong accounting, analytical, and research skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of tax code, compliance and procedures for corporations.
  • Familiarity with U.S. federal, state and local reporting requirements.
  • Strong experience with a variety of tax operations and ability to drive process improvements.
  • Strong ability to utilize project management and accounting best practices to organize and prioritize tasks and the tasks of other tax team members.
  • Ability to work well independently as well as the ability to work well with stakeholders and communicate the benefits of tax initiatives.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • We are looking for a candidate with 5+ years of experience in a tax manager or public accountant role and at least 2 years of experience in a management role. Preferred candidates have a current CPA license and a master’s degree in an accounting discipline. The Tax Manager must be proficient with the following software/tools:
    • Strong skills and experience with Word, Outlook, Excel, QuickBooks.
    • Familiarity with UltraTax, SAP, RIA Checkpoint, and BNA
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
4.0 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Tax Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$120,000 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$99K
Median: $120K
$158K
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Tax Manager Career Path

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$120,000/yr
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
1%
2 - 4
23%
5 - 7
43%
8+
33%
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KPMGKPMG
Tax Manager
22 Aug 2020

“I have had great opportunities both with clients and to support with our local strategic objectives.”

Gerber KawasakiGerber Kawasaki
Director of Tax
1 Mar 2022

“The growth opportunity is tremendous and I am looking forward to continuing to develop and grow here.”

CBRECBRE
Senior Tax Director
1 May 2020

“Good career opportunity and flexible to cater for personal life”

KPMGKPMG
Manager, Tax
19 Aug 2021

“The people are smart and good to work with.”

EYEY
Tax Supervisor
21 Apr 2021

“Good for learning and development”

Kudos & Co
Tax Manager
9 Sept 2021

“Good for working and development”

Harvard UniversityHarvard University
Senior Tax Manager
21 Feb 2022

“Good work and life balance”

EYEY
Indirect Tax Manager
30 June 2021

“Good salary and work experience”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Tax Manager

When working as a Tax Manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Leadership, Deliverables, .NET, Consulting and Audit.

The most similar professions to Tax Manager are:
  • Tax Consultant
  • Tax Professional
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Analyst

The most common qualifications to become a Tax Manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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