Tax Accountant job description guide

Hiring a Tax Accountant

A Tax Accountant plays a valuable role in an organisation, in a role that goes beyond preparing tax company returns. The Tax Accountant is responsible for ensuring compliance with tax matters, advising on strategies for tax management, and handling what can often be complex tax planning issues. The Tax Accountant will also be the liaison point to respond to any third party enquiries or tax investigations by regulatory authorities.

As a key member of the accounting and finance team, the Tax Accountant will document tax-related cash outflows, discussing their impact on the company’s cashflow with other members of the finance team, to facilitate accurate cashflow forecasts. In an increasingly global commercial market, the Tax Accountant can advise on domestic as well as international tax matters likely to impact your company.

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A Tax Accountant career

A career as a Tax Accountant provides a wealth of variety, and plenty of opportunities to tap into your understanding of tax legislation. As a Tax Accountant your role will extend beyond preparing corporate tax returns. You will also be responsible for ensuring compliance with tax matters, advising on strategies for tax management, and planning for what can be complex tax issues relating to new projects. You will also be the point of contact to respond to any third-party enquiries or tax investigations by regulatory authorities.

As a key member of the accounting and finance team, a Tax Accountant needs to maintain strong records, have an eye for detail and be able to collaborate with colleagues as you engage in tax planning activities.  In an increasingly global commercial market, your career as a Tax Accountant will involve staying abreast of tax matters that relate to Japan and international markets.

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Tax Accountant duties and responsibilities

The role of a Tax Accountant covers a range of responsibilities, including:

  • Interacting with other finance team members to gather tax-related information
  • Preparing and reviewing corporate tax returns as well as tax returns for related entities
  • Advising on corporate tax matters
  • Resolving tax-related problems
  • Making recommendations for improved tax management
  • Reporting to the finance team on cashflow planning for tax remittances
  • Responding to any external tax queries

Tax Accountant qualifications and requirements

It is highly desirable for a Tax Accountant to hold a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in:

  • Accounting
  • Business studies

Additional accounting qualifications to consider include JICPA (Japan Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and CPTA Japan (Certified Public Tax Accountant Japan).

A Tax Accountant should also have the following personal skills and experience

  • Three or more years of tax compliance experience
  • A good understanding of Japanese Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (JGAAP), US GAAP, or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Excellent knowledge of Japanese tax law
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Professionalism, integrity and trustworthiness
  • Willingness to remain up to date on Japanese and international tax matters
  • Excellent Japanese and English business language skills – both spoken and written
  • Strong interpersonal skills to liaise with other members of the finance team

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