Tax Senior Manager - Bethesda
Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, P.C. - Maryland

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Summary Description: The Tax Senior Manager in the Bethesda office manages the daily technical and administrative elements of client relationships, supervise and develop Managers, Seniors and Staff, and frequently serve as the tax signer on compliance engagements, as well as proactively participating in practice development activities. They are familiar with a broad range of tax and financial concepts and possess in-depth knowledge regarding the tax technical rules applicable to high net worth individuals and businesses that range in revenue and industries across the DC metropolitan area.


Essential Responsibilities & Functions:
  • Technical
    • Responsible for technical accuracy of basic business tax returns, including Forms 1120, 1120S and 1065 which are delivered under their signature or that of a Principal or Partner
    • Responsible for technical accuracy of complex individual and other tax returns, including Forms 1040 & 1041 , which are delivered under their signature or that of a Principal or Partner
    • Identifies issues for further research or discussion with client or Principal/Partner and can formulate conclusions as to the resolution of the issue based on analysis of clients facts and applicable laws and regulations
    • Responsible for adherence to Argy quality control procedures and file documentation procedures for technical tax positions taken on returns or other client deliverables which are delivered under their signature
  • Client Service
    • Schedules and runs client meetings with or without a Principal or Partner present
    • Interacts directly with clients and their advisors by phone, email or in person, and serves as the primary point of contact
    • Identifies tax planning and consulting opportunities for client during performance of daily client activities and identifies opportunities for the firm to provide additional services to clients
    • Serves as a technical resource for others within Argy on individual tax related matters including assistance with consulting and compliance projects
  • Administrative
    • Proactively communicates project expectations and budgets with Tax Staff, Seniors and Managers and monitors progress of staff on assigned projects
    • Proactively communicates the status of assigned projects to Principals/Partners and requests assistance from others when needed
    • Proactively assists Principals/Partners with administrative responsibilities including client billing, monitoring and follow up of client receivables, timely submission of daily time and expense reports, and timely preparation and delivery of staff evaluations
    • Participates in training as an attendee and as a co-presenter
    • Participates in firm recruitment process including interviewing candidates
    • Participates and/or proactively initiates practice development activities such scheduling meetings with prospects and referral sources, participates in firm sponsored events and participates in proposal preparation and delivery
  • Professional Growth
    • Stays current with federal and state tax law changes and attends 40 hours of continuing professional education classes annually including those necessary to maintain all credentials in good standing
    • Develops relationships with others in the community to establish network of personal referral sources and works with Principals/Partners to maintain relationships with existing Argy referral sources and clients
Leadership Received:
  • Works under the direct supervision of a Principal or Partner
  • Tax Senior Managers are assigned a mentor and may participate in third party sponsored management and development training in addition to technical training coursework

Leadership Exercised:
  • Tax Senior Managers assist the Principal or Partner in defining the scope and budget of a project, supervise the daily work of a project, review staff work product and provide formal and informal evaluation of staff performance at the end of a project
  • Tax Senior Managers may be delegated the authority to plan engagements and provide fee quotes, approve invoices and deliver technical work products to clients with the consent of the Principal or Partner assigned to the client
  • Tax Senior Managers are expected to be team players and contribute to the motivation and morale of others within the group and the firm

Knowledge - Skills & Abilities:
  • Technical and Software
    • General accounting knowledge and advanced income tax knowledge including experience with concepts applicable to businesses of varying revenues and high net worth individuals
    • Knowledge of rules and regulations governing tax preparers including substantial authority and ethical considerations for the practice of public accounting and knowledge of Argy quality control procedures
    • General understanding of financial planning concepts including intermediate to advanced knowledge of the financial markets, asset classes, modern portfolio theory and types of insurance
    • Experience with Prosystems and BNA Tax planner preferred
    • Proficient in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and tax research tools
  • Organizational
    • Ability to identify material missing information and/or facts and to communicate project scope and deliverables efficiently and effectively to Tax Staff, Seniors and Managers
    • Ability to manage oneself and others so that tasks are completed accurately and effectively within a reasonable amount of time with minimal daily supervision by Principal/Partner
    • Ability to work in a deadline driven environment
    • Ability to review work of Tax Staff, Seniors and Managers and provide constructive feedback in a professional manner both informally and formally
    • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with multiple supervisors and to identify situations in which there is a problem or additional resources are needed
    • Efficiently works on multiple tasks simultaneously even with interruptions
  • Professional
    • Desires to be part of a larger client service team and enjoys working and developing others
    • Exhibits intellectual curiosity and desires to work with others to solve complex tax issues
    • Assists management in process improvement within the group and firm
    • Self-motivated and can work independently
    • Proactively acknowledges when there is a problem and seeks assistance
    • Displays professional demeanor and appearance and works well with wide variety of individuals
Communication Skills:
  • Has good written and verbal command of the English language
  • Effectively communicates in a courteous, professional and tactful manner by e-mail, telephone and in person with co-workers, management, clients and others
  • Demonstrates good listening skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, including proven track record of working well with others, motivating others and providing constructive feedback to others
  • Uses clear, succinct and informative communications (verbal and written) with co-workers, management, clients and others in favorable or unfavorable situations
  • Writes clear and concise business correspondence
  • Presents and explains technical information clearly and confidently in formal and informal environments

Education & Experience:
  • Bachelors degree in Accounting or related field
  • Active Certificate in Public Accounting (CPA), Juris Doctorate (JD) or Enrolled Agent (EA) required
  • Minimum six (highly relevant) years relevant U.S. public or private accounting of experience
  • Minimum five years of supervisory experience

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