Tana Papinova

Senior Tax Manager with Fast Track to Partner

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell (CBM)


Summary of Responsibilities

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. (CBM), an accounting and business advisory firm that serves clients throughout Washington, DC, Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic region, is currently seeking a dedicated senior tax professional with 8+ years of public accounting and tax experience to work primarily on compilation/review and tax engagements for our clients.  This position will have a fast promotion track to becoming part of the management team.

Essential Functions

·        Manages tax related processes, procedures and team.

·        Prepares personal and corporate tax returns, including the most complex cases.

·        Reviews and approves all returns with the exception of those dealing with specialized issues requiring the expertise of another manager or director.

·        Reviews tax accruals and associated working papers.

·        Assumes the responsibility for the smooth flow of tax returns. Acts as director-in-charge for a variety of clients. Acts as key client for a variety of engagements. Bills clients and discusses fees with clients.

·        Prepares BNA projections and becomes involved in planning for more complex clients.

·        Becomes involved in tax planning for less complex client situations.

·        Analyzes IRS notices and drafts responses.

·        Reviews IRS notice responses prepared by other tax personnel.

·        Represents clients before the IRS.

·        Communicates tax developments to firm.

·        Performs more complex tax research and reviews research projects of others.

·        Assists accounting and auditing staff members in client meetings.

·        Delegates work to and manages work of tax staff, senior tax accountants and tax supervisors and supervises work.

·        Participates in tax department administrative projects.

·        Works with directors to establish standards for the tax staff and evaluates and counsels tax staff members.

·        Acts as a resource for tax staff and senior tax accountants, tax supervisors and tax managers.

·        Contributes to the client service team by producing quality work with quick turnaround and attentive service.

·        Develops a general understanding of firm philosophy and tax opinions.

·        Establishes good working relationships with all directors and staff members.

·        Demonstrates initiative, creativity, and imagination.

Other Functions

·        Possesses time management and organization skills.

·        Demonstrates industry expertise.

·        Assists with recruitment and training of other tax department personnel.

·        Develops entrepreneurial approach to client service and good working relationships with client personnel.

·        Maintains contacts with peers, develops network of business contacts, meets with prospective clients, and cultivates referrals.

·        Writes articles and makes presentations.

·        Develops a broad general knowledge of economic, political, and business conditions.

·        Accepts volunteer positions in community organizations.

·        Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Job Qualifications

·        Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or other related program.

·        Advanced degree (generally law or master’s in taxation) is strongly desired.

·        CPA Certification.

·        At least eight years of recent relevant public accounting, tax and review experience.

·        At least four years of management experience and ability to lead and develop professional staff.

·        Proficiency in use of computers and tax software programs (Document, Practice Management, Engagement, ProSystem fx Tax, QuickBooks, etc.)

·        Ability to manage multiple client engagements and prioritize work.


At CBM, it is our goal to hire talented, energetic people who are enthusiastic about what they do. We offer a mentorship program to encourage individuals to grow professionally and develop in their careers. CBM offers today’s accounting professionals opportunity for advancement in a fast-paced environment that allows both for professional success and work-life balance.

CBM offers a diverse, flexible work environment and we are proud to offer a competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, growth opportunity and a team-oriented office environment.

Salary range: $120,000 - $135,000 based on education and experience.

Become part of a winning team! Apply Now!

** CBM is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to diversity and inclusiveness **

How to apply?

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to recruiting@cbmcpa.com with subject line: SR TAX MANAGER - [First Name] [Last Name]