The primary role that senior tax managers fill is ensuring corporate compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal tax obligations. In addition, senior tax managers develop internal policies relating to taxation and implement these policies into existing accounting practices. Oversight of internal audits is another important aspect of senior tax managers’ duties.
The staff members who work in a corporate tax office typically report to a senior tax manager. This managerial relationship defines several other duties of senior tax managers, including acting as general supervisors and mentors to these employees, ensuring the quality of the office’s output, and leading internal tax initiatives.
Senior tax managers might have several lower-level managers reporting to them. Regardless of reporting structure, senior tax managers have final responsibility over a number of tasks carried out by the wider tax office. These tasks include internal audits, ensuring compliance with tax laws, researching new tax laws and related events, searching for internal issues that might spur tax issues, reporting all findings to executives, forecasting taxes for accounting purposes, coordinating foreign tax filings, and calculating and making income tax payments.
Senior tax managers work full time in an office environment, though overtime is a frequent occurrence in filing seasons. Employers typically require senior tax managers to have a master’s degree in finance and are a certified public accountant (CPA). A minimum of 10 years’ experience is usually necessary. Senior tax managers must be excellent accountants and have a strong working knowledge of all applicable tax laws.
Senior Tax Manager Tasks
Manage and document compliance.
Oversee tax planning and research, and create plans and goals to advise clients.
Research and document tax strategies and new laws.
Mentor and review tax associates to develop people and revenue.
Lead primary review of complicated or unusual tax documents.