Tax Accountant

NOC #11100

  • Environment Primarily indoor/office work
  • Education Post-secondary degree
  • Average salary $63,000 to $125,000

Career profile

Tax accountants examine, analyze and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements and provide insight and advice to a company’s leadership. Tax accountants may also audit and evaluate statements that have been prepared by others tax or financial professionals

Tax accountants provide advice and sometimes choose which systems a company will use to record costs and other financial and budget data.

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In this occupation, activities may include:

  • Observing, receiving and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data or process information.
  • Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail or in person.
  • Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations or standards.
  • Entering, transcribing, recording, storing or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing or verifying information or data.
  • Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize and accomplish your work.
  • Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Identifying the underlying principles, reasons or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


  • A post-secondary degree in accounting or a related discipline is typically required. Chartered professional accountants (CPA) require a post-secondary degree or experience in the field and completion of a professional training program and, depending on the province, either two years of 30 months of on-the-job training.


  • Licensing by the provincial or territorial governing body is usually required for accountants and auditors practising public accounting.

  • Minimal or no travel required
  • Primarily indoor/office work
  • Work not physically demanding
  • Economics and accounting
  • English language
  • Mathematics
  • Administration and management
  • Customer and personal service
  • Law and government
  • Clerical
  • Computers and electronics
  • Reading comprehension
  • Active listening