Staff Accountant for Public Accounting Firm

Aside from competitive compensation, benefits including major medical, life and 401k, SS&H offers:

  • Unlimited PTO
  • Casual dress attire
  • 35 hour work week 4/16-12/31
  • 32.5 hour work week during the summer between 06/16-Labor Day (office closure on Fridays at 12:30pm)
  • Flex time start (8am, 9am or 10am)
  • 60 hour minimum work week during Tax Season

Who We Are:

Shepard Schwartz & Harris is a medium sized public accounting firm with 75 employees located right in the loop off of the river at Wacker and Randolph. SS&H is ranked by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the top 25 firms in Chicago, in addition to being ranked by AdvisoryHQ as one of the top 11 best accounting firms in Chicago.

Who Shepard Schwartz & Harris is looking for:

SS&H seeks experienced, dynamic self-starters for a current career opportunity in our Tax Department. SS&H provides clients with tax guidance and planning on key client issues in international, federal, state and local taxation, with a focus on implementing tax strategies that align with the client's business objectives; corporate tax; pass-through entities; S corporations; individual and industry focus. This position will be responsible for assisting with the coordination of tax compliance engagements including preparation, review and projections and will have the opportunity for direct contact with clients on a daily basis. We work with a wide variety of clients across multiple industries.

The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, for correspondence with clients, professional advisors, various government agencies and fellow team members. Other responsibilities include:

  • Advise clients on a full spectrum of corporate, partnership and individual tax services, including planning, research and compliance
  • Prepared tax returns including corporate, partnership, S-corporation, trust and individual tax returns
  • Keep up-to-date on current tax practices and changes in tax law
  • Respond to client inquires and taxing authority notices

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy
  • CPA license or CPA candidate
  • 1-3 years tax experience in public accounting or similar experience in a corporate tax compliance role
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written with the ability to articulate complex information
  • Strong client service skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • MST or other advanced degree
  • Experience with any of the following industries
  • Real estate and construction
  • Manufacturing and distribution
  • High-net worth individuals
  • Experience with GoFileRoom, Creative Solutions, CCH Prosystem fx or CCH Axcess, and RIA Checkpoint

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $52,000.00 - $59,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift

Supplemental Pay:

  • Bonus pay


  • Accounting: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Excel: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19
Salary Range
$40,000.00 - 57,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Chicago, IL 60606, US
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