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Research & Development Tax Credit Specialist

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Law Firm

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Posted on

Jun 26,2019

Years of Experience

2-5 yrs required


Royal Oak, MI, United States


Practice Area
Tax >> Tax
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Howard & Howard, a leading national business law firm celebrating its 150th year, is currently seeking a Research & Development Tax Credit Specialist. The Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit Specialist is responsible for providing R&D tax credit/deduction consulting services to clients in a wide range of industries. In connection with assisting clients in identifying and claiming federal and state R&D tax credits and deductions, you will also assist in new business development, perform tax research and analysis on technical issues, complete detailed models and calculations, provide Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audit support, and support the R&D team in developing best practices. Our work is project-based and requires us to spend time onsite at client facilities to execute project engagements.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide R&D tax credit/deduction consulting services to clients in a wide range of industries.
  • Prepare and develop content for proposals and client presentations/meetings.
  • Develop project work plans and ensure project deliverables are met in a timely fashion.
  • Conduct R&D interviews with accounting and engineering/technical personnel.
  • Develop practical and effective approaches to solving complex client issues.
  • Gather, format, and analyze large volumes of accounting cost data, and create complex calculation databases using Microsoft® Excel and/or Microsoft® Access.
  • Analyze expenses for qualification under IRC Section 174 and Section 41.
  • Prepare and review R&D credit calculations and deliverables.
  • Perform tax research, interpret tax laws, and prepare memorandum on various aspects of U.S. tax matters
  • Develop and sustain excellent client relationships, and proactively identify opportunities to cross-sell to existing clients.
  • Work with Federal Income Tax colleagues, as well as with International Tax colleagues, to assist on other tax matters where needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • 2-5 years of federal tax compliance experience and R&D tax consulting experience 
  • Juris Doctor is required
  • Preferred: Licensed CPA, Enrolled Agent, or Advanced degree such as MST, or LLM
  • Strong project management and organizational skills; Demonstrated effective research, and verbal and written communication skills; Proven experience effectively prioritizing workload to meet deadlines and work objectives
  • Able to travel up to 25%

Company info

Howard & Howard

Company Profile

Howard & Howard provides legal services to businesses and business owners. Our focused expertise provides us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, and our results-oriented approach to practicing law is welcomed by business owners in search of intelligent counsel that furthers their business goals. Our Firm operates like a business and promotes a culture based on successful business principles. We focus on maintaining low overhead, providing quality service on a timely basis at a reasonable price. Our firm culture is collegial, transparent, entrepreneurial and rewards attorneys based on merit.


"Fantastic small firm"

Current Employee - Reviewed on July 23, 2018

I think at the end of the day, my only advice is to hire more quality workers on and try and get the workload better split between each of us. As I've said in my cons, this is work before life and that only works for so long, for so many people.

Pros : My time spent at Howard & Howard has been and surely will continue to be an amazing experience. With a friendly work environment all the way from the bottom, up to our CEO Mark Davis. It's definitely a positive experience and a great place to start out at.
Cons : While I can personally handle it thanks to my lifestyle, I'll be the first to tell anyone that this is a work-before-life type of ordeal. Work will come before anything else and this can really burn out a lot of people.
Approve of the CEO[?] : Yes
Recommend this employer to a friend? : Yes
Business outlook for the next 6 months? : up
Current or former employee? : Current Employee

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