Tax Experienced Associate

Los Angeles
Tax – General /
Regular Full-time /
WHY we get up in the morning
At GHJ we help our people and clients pursue their passions, build thriving businesses, and create a better future.

WHAT we believe
We believe that collaboration is the foundation for success. We work as a business advocate for our clients – providing personalized service and building long-term relationships to help position our clients for the future.

HOW we succeed
We are deeply committed to our core values of Bright Minds, Brave Hearts and Bold Actions and incorporate them into every aspect of our business. By living these values, we are able to meet our strategic objectives of Remaining Fiercely Independent (financial success), Meeting client demands/needs (client success), Reinforcing and expanding cultural distinction (people success).

What you'll be doing
At GHJ, our Tax Practice is comprised of nearly 100 professionals, the majority of whom have post-graduate degrees in tax, law or business and have previously worked with “Big Four” accounting firms. Our dedicated tax team is specifically trained in dealing with complex tax issues for privately held businesses, including federal, state and local tax strategies, tax credit maximization, estate planning and international matters. We work with our clients to find appropriate solutions to maximize tax benefits and savings, providing sophisticated advice tailored for each client. We also provide our clients with the added bonus of having access to tax and industry resources that highlight emerging trends and inspire thoughtful discussions amongst peers and industry leaders through our events, blogs and publications. Our team prides itself on its ability to understand the strategic vision of our clients and work toward common goals while maintaining the proper level of independence. We see ourselves as more than just tax accountants; we want to be true advisors and collaborators with our clients. Most importantly, GHJ is looking for tax professionals to join our team who want to #BeMore. With our commitment to anytime/anywhere work, our support of flexible work environments and our passion for health and wellness, our Firm wants people who live their best lives, for themselves, their family and GHJ and its clients.

Your Location
This position is hybrid and eligible for primarily remote work but is subject to the manager's discretion depending on the needs of the role to travel to the office or client sites. This role will require you to come onsite for an in-person New Hire Orientation, attend our Firmwide meeting twice a year and a department retreat once a year at the GHJ Los Angeles office. Preference for this individual to be based in the Buffalo, New York area.

You will be responsible for:

    • Responsible for organizing and coordinating clients’ tax data for the accurate, timely completion of tax returns.
    • Reviews tax information submitted by client for completeness.
    • Possesses knowledge of tax regulations in order to answer clients’ questions.
    • Prepares personal tax returns of various complexities through utilization of computer software.
    • Prepares corporate, partnership, and S-corp returns not requiring advanced expertise.
    • Prepares amended returns of any variety and complexity.
    • Prepares personal tax projections through utilization of computer software.
    • Responds to tax notices of any sort and does initial drafts of any letters required.
    • Performs tax research projects requiring minimal expertise.
    • Completes S-election and requests for accounting changes, as required.
    • Makes adjusting entries and completes trial balances in order to prepare a tax return.
    • Maintains a good understanding of depreciation and depreciation computer software package in order to set up clients and read and understand depreciation reports.
    • Prepares tax accruals as may be required in preparing corporate tax returns.
    • Works with confidential client matters; requires ability to keep matters confidential.

What we need from you:

    • Assist with responses to notices from the IRS and other reporting agencies.
    • Assist in the projection of year-end filings.
    • Ability to compute quarterly estimates and other computations as needed.
    • Ability to operate a computer, calculator and other general office equipment.

What skills & experience you’ll bring to us:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Business, or related equivalent.
    • At least one year experience preparing individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns.
    • Work with tax software applications to complete tax returns for review.
GHJ was founded in 1953, making us one of the oldest independent firms in the Los Angeles area. Ranked as a top 15 largest accounting firm on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists, the firm has 22 partners and approximately 200 staff members that serve over 3,000 clients. Our firm is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the AICPA Governmental Audit Quality Center (GAQC), Public Company Accounting Oversite Board (PCAOB), the California Society of CPAs and the California Association of Nonprofits (CAN). Collaboration and maintaining strong relationships are the cornerstones of our success.

We are also an independent member of HLB International, a worldwide organization of over 250 member professional accounting firms and business advisors. This affiliation gives us access to the subject matter experts of other member firms and provides consulting and professional services in over 158 countries through its nearly 1,128 offices worldwide.

GHJ complies with all local/state regulations in regards to displaying salary ranges. The disclosed range estimate has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location at which the position may be filled. Any offered salary is determined based on internal equity, internal salary ranges, market data, ranges, applicant's skills and prior relevant experience, certain degrees and certifications (e.g. JD, technology), for example. At GHJ, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is $70,000 to $85,000.