Tax Accountant job description guide

A Tax Accountant is responsible for analysing fiscal matters and preparing, submitting and managing tax statements and returns for businesses and clients. A Tax Accountant also looks after providing advice on financial and tax matters, and should have an in-depth knowledge of the regulations, laws and acts that govern this process. Knowing this, a Tax Accountant job description should emphasise the need for a candidate who has exceptional attention to detail, strong analytical skills and is a good communicator.

Tax Accountant duties and responsibilities of the job

The role of Tax Accountant comes with significant responsibility, and this should be articulated in a Tax Accountant job description by listing some of the following duties and tasks:

  • Preparing tax statements, financial statements and BAS statements at required intervals
  • Creating and returning statements and documents to clients by set deadlines
  • Liaising with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and other regulatory bodies when required
  • Preparing business income tax returns and statements for audits
  • Assisting in financial planning
  • Regularly reviewing systems and making updates and improvements where necessary
  • Engaging regularly with clients and maintaining strong relationships
  • Identifying areas where clients and businesses can reduce tax, make claims and increase profit
  • Possessing strong knowledge of tax law and statutory regulations
  • Understanding financial landscape and market trends

Tax Accountant job qualifications and requirements

This role requires a high degree of accuracy and training in the practical, administrative and legal elements of tax. As such, a Tax Accountant job description should ask for a degree in one of the following fields:

  • Accounting
  • Finance or Economics
  • Business or Business Administration

For candidates to be able to produce and sign off on financial reports, the job description should highlight the participation (current or former) in a Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) program. Membership of a recognised accounting institution, such as the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) or the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA) is also preferable.

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