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Tax Manager, Tax Accountant Job Interview Questions

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From our experience working closely with Financial clients, our team created a few job interview questions for the Tax Manager or Tax Accountant position below. 

Tax Manager or Tax Accountant Job Interview Questions

As a our Tax Accountant, you will be leading a team of direct reports.  Describe a time when you supervised tax staff? What was the size of the group and what sort of tasks did you delegate?

A Tax Accountant must work under pressure to meet deadlines especially during tax season.  Describe a situation when you had a deadline to meet and what steps you took to ensure your team successfully completed the tasks on time? How did you prioritize and delegate the work?

Tax Managers work with many individuals and departments.  Working with clients or executives, when have you applied or referred to the Income Tax Act and other tax technical information? What were some of the answers you provided? How did you ensure that the groups understood your response clearly?

A Tax Manager or Tax Accountant needs to be able to communicate complicated tax issues with individuals with a different accounting backgrounds.  Working on an assignment, what sort of issues did you discuss with staff, partners, clients and government agencies (i.e. IRS or Internal Revenue Service, CRA or Canada Revenue Agency) as needed in order to bring assignment to completion?

Critical thinking is vital skill of successful Tax Accountants.  Tell us a time when you were faced with a complex problem and what steps you took to resolve the issue and introduce process improvements?

Being a Tax Manager or Tax Accountant, what steps have you taken to train professional and administrative staff on tax season procedures and processes? What was the size of the audience? How did you ensure that the information provided was understood by the audience?

What have you done in the last year in terms of professional development to improve yourself as a Tax Accountant?

Briefly tell us about your experience or qualifications with the following:

-Accounting Designation (ie. CA or Chartered Accountant designation)
– Charted Accountant Association tax course (CICA in depth tax course in Canada.  ACAUS   or Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States)
-Practical tax experience, with exposure to a broad range of client tax issues
– Dealing with clients and engagement demands
-Proven research, investigative, analysis and problem-solving skills
-Understanding of and high commitment to firm standards, quality control procedures, independence and ethics
-Work well under pressure, and meeting strict deadlines
-Use of research tools and resources
-Verbal and written communication skills

Depending on the company and department, the Tax Manager may also be called:

  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Associate
  • Tax Manager – Public
  • Manager, State Tax
  • Corporate Income Tax Manager
  • International Tax Manager
  • Tax Senior
  • Tax Analyst
  • Tax Project Manager
  • Senior Tax Associate
  • Accounting Manager – Tax and Audit
  • Public Accounting Tax Manager
  • Tax Staff Accountant
  • Tax Compliance Analyst
  • Tax Manager – Expatriate Taxation

Review Your Resume

Interviewers ask questions based on your resume so remember to review your resume. This is especially true if it’s been a while since you have looked at it. This way you will not be caught off guard when you are asked about something in your work history that happened a few years ago.

Bring a Portfolio

It’s always a good idea to bring a portfolio of your work and credentials with you to a job interview. What better way to demonstrate the quality of your work than to show the hiring manager a work sample. So if you have a copy of reports, briefs, bibliographies, speeches, presentations, Web sites and press releases make sure you bring them.

Also take a copy of your educational documents. A university degree or college diploma, or any certification of professional association, license related to tax accountant.