Considering the total activity of a corporate tax department, it is not hard to understand that there is a perennial debate as to whether this is a financial or legal function. At the entry level, much of the work is involved in the preparation of the more than 500 tax returns that must be filed to meet federal, state and local tax requirements. In addition, reports are prepared for taxes on income, sales, use, property, capital stock franchises, payroll, license fees, etc., plus keeping records of all these returns and reports for reference. In large corporations, the amounts involved can easily be $100,000,000 or more.
If you have an interest in both the law and the tax code, you could consider a career as a tax lawyer. A tax lawyer career will not be the most glorious legal career, even though you can expect to live comfortably and put decent food on your table for you and your family should you accept this mission. But this is a career that is more about wanting to help people understand the law that governs the taxes that they pay. So if you are considering heading off to law school because your parents, or you, want you to have a career that will allow you to be rich, this probably isn't one for you.
When people think of taxes and the law they often think of the IRS. There is another career that you could get involved with if you enjoy working with numbers and you like helping people. Gaining employment as a tax lawyer is something that not a lot of people think of when they think about lawyers. This kind of profession is one that is needed by a lot of people.