A tax paralegal is someone who works on tax law matters under the supervision of licensed attorneys in a law-related setting or law office. Tax paralegals do not practice law, as they are not licensed attorneys, but they help in many aspects of tax law matters, including helping prepare memos for clients on federal and state tax laws and rules. Tax paralegals are sometimes called tax legal assistants.
Here are a few sample tax paralegal job descriptions:
The candidate provides support to in-house tax counsel by performing research, drafting legal documents and business communications for review and maintaining corporate legal entity database. Analyzes laws, documents and files. Organizes, analyzes, and tracks department records, due diligence, and project files. Drafts, reviews, and edits forms and documents for accuracy. Organizes and maintains internal and external databases. Assists in filing appropriate regulatory filings. Conducts research on a variety of topics. Interfaces with internal groups and outside counsel to provide corporation information and general corporate assistance. Responsible for document retention practices according to retention policy. Assists with the development of processes to maximize efficiency. Supports special projects as assigned. Associate's degree is required. Bachelor's degree is preferred. Must have 5 years of experience in a law firm or corporate legal department. Should be proficient with MS Office products.
Wills, Trusts and Tax Paralegal
The candidate would have legal qualification - LLB, LPC graduates; extensive legal administration experience; knowledge of some trust, tax and investment procedures; good standard of numeracy and IT literate; exceptional communicational skills; be dependable; take responsibility; be organized; work well in a team; be logical; pay excellent attention to detail.
The candidate will be interested in working across corporate and finance deals on multi- jurisdictional commercial taxation issues. Should have top academics and a grounding form a top tier UK taxation team. Must have 0-3 years of pqe.
The candidate will be responsible for coordinating agreement approvals, tracking documents and general document management, locating and updating contract related information, maintaining and producing status reports for various projects and documents, maintaining catalog of contract forms on SharePoint, and assisting with other administrative contract matters with legal and the business groups. Bachelor's degree is required. Paralegal certificate is preferred. Prior in-house legal experience a plus. Should preferably also have 2+ years of experience as a contracts manager or paralegal. Knowledge of MS Word and Excel essential. General comfort with learning new programs and software a must. Experience creating scalable processes and workflows is needed. Knowledge of maintaining documents on SharePoint preferred.
Trusts and Estates/Tax Paralegal
The candidate responsibilities will includes: Prepares individual and fiduciary income tax returns, gift tax returns and estate tax returns; Prepares probate and administration proceedings, accounting proceedings (judicial and non- judicial) and other court filings; Assists in the transfer of assets from decedent's or individuals' name to Estate or Trust (including the preparation of deeds and related tax filing); Assists in preparing, retaining, and organizing legal documents, agreements, pleadings and accountings related to trust and estate administration; Performs legal support work following detailed instructions pertaining to administration of tax returns and the administration of trusts and estates. Provides factual research, document analysis and organization, and drafts pleadings. Indexes trust and estate administration documentation and enters data into client files. Meets with clients as needed. Tracks billable time and enters it into the DTE system. Presents information effectively to lawyers and clients and responds to questions. Resolves routine legal questions under the direction of a lawyer. The above items represent major responsibilities of this position. Additional responsibilities may be included in order to respond to a changing environment and the Firm's needs. In-depth understanding of estate tax/fiduciary tax/gift tax and estate administration. Familiarity with trust and estate accountings. Familiarity with probate and administration proceedings and procedures. Ability to deal professionally and communicate clearly and concisely with both internal and external clients on all levels. Proficiency with Word and Excel as well as accounting and tax return preparation programs. Proven analytical and mathematical skills. Ability to maintain confidences as well as build confidences and trust with lawyers, peers and clients. Ability to independently organize large amounts of data, both hard copy and electronic, into an easily retrievable system. Ability to be flexible, handle pressure and adapt to changing work priorities, work flow and work assignments. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision to meet deadlines and productivity standards. Ability to travel up to six times per month to various client locations. Ability to move files weighing up to 25 pounds. Requires the ability to regularly report to work on the days and times scheduled. Should have Paralegal certificate, a 4 year degree and/or 2 years of Paralegal experience. 5+ years of estate planning/tax experience in a law firm, trust department, or accounting firm required. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Notary License.
The candidate will manage assigned cases and related tasks and projects. Will perform full range of paralegal tasks from case inception through discovery, trial, post-trial proceedings and case closure. Assist attorneys in ensuring that all documentation associated with a case, such as correspondence, pleadings, briefs, document productions, research files, e-mails, etc., is filed as appropriate. Assist with management and maintenance of State and Local Tax department docket. Prepare and distribute daily CCH and State Tax Today reports. Prepare pro hac vice admission motions and powers of attorney; maintain department chart of pro hac admissions. Responsible for maintaining workrooms, case rooms and more. Assist in responding to discovery requests. Perform document review and organization. Prepare and coordinate document productions. Prepare witness files. Select and assemble deposition exhibits. Responsible for reproduction of exhibits. Coordinate preparation, filing and service of motion papers (manual and electronic). Assist attorneys with factual research. Cite check, Shepardize and proofread briefs. Assist with compilation and/or preparation exhibits and appendices. Assist in selecting and assembling potential trial exhibits. Assist in preparation of charts, graphs and other demonstrative evidence. Assist in preparing pre and post trial motions and briefs, including cite checking, Shepardizing and compiling appendices. Provide support during trial as needed. Summarize/index trial transcripts as requested. Assist in post-trial activities as needed. Research, Monitoring and Factual Analysis; Professional Development and Administrative Duties as assigned. Should have BA/BS with strong academic record. 3+ years of experience as a litigation paralegal in a large to mid-sized law firm preferred. Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. LEXIS and Westlaw, citechecking and bluebooking experience is required.
Property Tax Paralegal
The candidate must have an ABA Certificate and 5+ years of Law Firm experience. Should have thorough knowledge of Word, WordPerfect, e-filing, Excel and Juris. Will work with several Attorneys in a fast paced environment. Must have extensive knowledge of Texas Civil rules of Procedure, Federal rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of evidence and Texas Rules of Court (local). Must also have heavy docketing experience.