CPA Job Description

CPA Job Description

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CPA provides other ACU members with guidance regarding accounting standards, regulatory reporting requirements, policies and procedures, and overall best practices.

CPA Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective CPA job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included CPA job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Stay current on tax laws, rules, and regulations
Responsible for timely and accurate performance of monthly financial close process for certain legal entities for Head Office financial reporting, including preparation of required journal entries and reconciliations
Consolidate and report Fox Cable Networks’ operating results, forecasts and budgets to 21CF
Responsible for accounting, budgeting and forecasting for related corporate type entities
Preparation of monthly department specific budget vs
Performing, assisting and leading audits, reviews and compilations for various types of clients
Supervised by Audit Managers or Partners
Responsible for preparing journal entries for company’s financial, investments and various funds
Responsible for consolidated financial statements, reconciling accounts and rollup entities
Participate with annual audits and REIT testing

CPA Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for CPA

List any licenses or certifications required by the position: CPA

Education for CPA

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the CPA job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and University Degree in Accounting, Finance, Education, Business, Patient Care, Business/Administration, Management, Computer, Public Accounting, Economics

Skills for CPA

Desired skills for CPA include:

Tax laws
Computer operations and software
Circular 230
Content being taught and ability to apply critical thinking
State content standards and ability to align those with the K12 curriculum
International Financial Reporting Standards
Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Accounting principles
Financial reporting
Practices

Desired experience for CPA includes:

Flexibility and being pro-active are respected attributes
Must be able to work overtime for month-end, quarter-end, etc
Local, regional or Big 4 public accounting experience
Research accounting questions through analysis of general ledger data
BA/BS from US Accredited university - Accounting or Finance emphasis
CPA license preferred or in process

CPA Examples

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CPA Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a CPA. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for CPA
  • Preparation of more complex federal, multi-state and local individual, trust, partnership, and S & C Corporation income tax returns and make recommendations on return preparation regarding accuracy and tax savings
  • Review income tax returns prepared by staff
  • Maintain excellent working relationships with staff/team members of the firm
  • Become proficient at tax research including a knowledge of the reference sources available to the firm
  • Responsible to develop and maintain strong client relationship on all assigned clients through quality and timely service and communication
  • Assist with Sarbanes Oxley 404 (SOX) narrative and RCM documentation, preparation of schedules for auditors
  • Preparation of certain regulatory financial statements and filings
  • Preparation of quarterly financial statements and management reports to senior management and Board of Directors
  • Performance of other day-to-day administrative tasks and functions related to the management of legal entities
  • Preparation and maintenance of standardized documentation for general ledger and internal controls attestations within the financial close process
Qualifications for CPA
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel – exposure to Yardi
  • Experience with general accounting (journal entries, reconciliations )
  • A full member of CPA Australia - to mark exams, members must have advanced to full member status a minimum of twelve months prior to the marking event
  • A member in good standing and financial for the year of marking
  • Public Practice certificate awarded a minimum of twelve months prior to the May marking event is desirable for markers who have marked previously and required for new markers
  • Attained a Bachelor’s degree from four-year College or university
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CPA Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is hiring for a CPA. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for CPA
  • Monitor and report on capital spending
  • Work with external auditors to facilitate timely resolution of key accounting issues and assist with coordinating the audits
  • Assist Assistant Controller with external auditors during annual/quarterly audits
  • Lead Associate for maintaining Company Policies
  • Prepare Federal, State or local tax returns for businesses or individuals
  • May supervise staff and/or interns
  • Will be the controller’s right hand and assist in various accounting functions
  • Work closely with executive leadership and present various reports and make suitable recommendations
  • Maintaining data integrity and accuracy
  • Responsible for account reconciliations and variance analysis
Qualifications for CPA
  • Software systems savvy – Excel proficient (vlookup, pivot tables, etc) and Yardi
  • Two or three years related Public Accounting experience and/or training
  • CPA license, licensed attorney or working toward CPA licensure
  • Must be able to communicate and function in an interdisciplinary team
  • Six plus years related Public Accounting experience and/or training
  • Preparation of Individual, Corporate, Partnership, Non-Profit, Estate Trust, and S-Corp tax returns
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CPA Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of CPA. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for CPA
  • Actively participate with management for forecasting and budgeting process
  • Monitor payables, budget variances, and important trends
  • Ensure internal controls exist to adequately mitigate risk inherent in key processes
  • Prepare various period financial statements
  • Meets with clients to answer questions and discuss tax planning needs
  • Reviews and prepares tax returns and work papers including Personal, Corporate (C and S), Partnership and Fiduciary returns
  • Responsible for ensuring bonus and share-based compensation liabilities and expenses are properly recorded and disclosed
  • Preparation and maintenance of standardized documentation for general ledger and internal controls attestations
  • Complete special projects where assigned
  • Implementing, supporting, and maintaining the internal control environment
Qualifications for CPA
  • Knowledge of PPC Tools, Library, and ProFx Tax and Engagement Systems
  • Experienced in Audit, Review or Compilation of Corporations, Municipalities, and Non-Profits
  • Preparation of financial statements under GAAP or other comprehensive basis of accounting
  • Firm understanding of audit procedures, documentation, and presentation under GAAS
  • Document and evaluate internal controls
  • Walk through and testing of systems and controls
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CPA Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking for a CPA. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for CPA
  • Acting as a key contact for internal process owners
  • Partnering with the businesses to support key initiatives
  • Teaming with the finance organization on budgeting, forecasting and analysis
  • Properly interpreting, communicating, and following Generally Accepted Accounting
  • Knowing, understanding, and supporting approved accounting and departmental policies and procedures
  • Assisting with compliance for corporate governance
  • Training, mentoring, and developing team to ensure organizational success
  • Reviews research findings, tax returns and work papers, formulates conclusions consistent with firm policies and professional standards, and determines implications and best course of action for client
  • Ensures all tax advice is technically correct and properly documented
  • Understands the firm's policies, procedures and professional standards
Qualifications for CPA
  • Large Company/Corporate Accounting Department experience
  • CMA preferred but not required
  • Excellent finance and accounting skills with 5 years experience in Public Accounting or consumer products or specialty retail corporate accounting environment, with minimum 5 years management experience
  • Knowledge of Internal Controls / SOX Experience
  • Four year accounting degree and 4+ years related experience is desired
  • Public/private experience preferred
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CPA Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for a CPA. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for CPA
  • Manages progression of quality deliverables on time, in scope and within budget and/or realization goal
  • Conduct risk assessments of assigned audit areas
  • Develop and/or update risk-based audit programs
  • Determine scope of review in conjunction with an Internal Audit Manager
  • Discuss fact-based audit findings with Business Unit Finance Personnel
  • Draft audit reports that summarize audit objectives, procedures performed, audit findings, mutually agreed remediation plans and conclusions reached
  • Participate in the preparation of SEC filings, debt and equity accounting, accurate financial records for monthly financial statements and participate in special projects and technical accounting research
  • Assist in preparing documents to be filed with the SEC including consolidated financial statements, footnotes, MD&A disclosures, Section 16 filings, 8-K filings and registration statements
  • Assist in month-end close of Corporate entities including preparation of journal entries, account reconciliations and expense analysis summaries in addition to analysis of variances between actual and forecasted results
  • Interact effectively with individuals in other departments and business units, including upper management
Qualifications for CPA
  • Minimum 5 + years in a Corporate Accounting, Public Accounting, combination or equivalent work experience
  • Proficient in various Finance systems
  • An ideal candidate will be a well-organized team player with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Oracle and/or TM1 experience is a plus
  • 3 - 5 years of experience with taxes, public accounting experience a strong plus
  • University degree (accounting/business economics/business accounting)

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