Tax Associate
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PKF Mueller is a certified public accounting and business consulting firm located in the Chicago metropolitan area with offices in Elgin, Orland Park, and Chicago as well as Sarasota, Florida. Since 1968, the Firm has provided accounting, tax, assurance, and management consulting services, to privately held and publicly traded companies, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations within a wide variety of industries.

We are unique and recognize the high importance of international business growth in today’s business environment. We partner with our affiliated firm members of PKF International to provide services and global-based solutions to multi-national companies or independent business owners who want to expand their business globally through PKF Mueller. We collaborate closely with banking and investment institutions, attorneys with international experience, site selection professionals, and municipal and state development agencies to facilitate international business development.

We are an entrepreneurial firm and culturally believe in valuing individual responsibility and initiatives of highly motivated professionals with diverse backgrounds while keeping two-way communications open and remaining open-minded to new ideas. Our Firm is a reflection of years of listening and caring for our clients. We are proud of the professional and personal relationships developed within our communities. Through growth and partnerships, we have blossomed from a regional firm to an organization that provides services worldwide.

According to Accounting Today, PKF Mueller is a top 200 ranked firm, listed as the 127th largest and one of the “Top Firms in the Great Lakes Area.” The Firm is also the 15th largest accounting firm in the Chicago Metropolitan area, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Additionally, PKF Mueller has been recognized as a “Best Places to Work in Illinois” for the last 12 years. 

We are searching for an organized, detail-oriented, & highly motivated Tax Associate to join our CPA team in downtown Chicago, Orland Park, or Elgin IL (HQ).

Position Summary:

The Tax Associate provides tax services to PKFMueller clients by preparing tax returns, related schedules and related reports for local, state, and federal government returns. 

Tax Associate Responsibilities:

  • Provides detailed federal and state income tax support
  • Schedules and prepares tax returns including multi-state
  • Maintains tax files, and tax document retention
  • Provides assistance to Tax Managers with tax planning and research
  • Communicates with other tax professionals and clients effectively
  • Ability to retain a detailed knowledge regarding preparation and review of complicated tax provisions
  • Fulfills continuing education requirements to maintain licensure
  • Ability to receive and accomplish other responsibilities, as assigned
  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiastic & cooperative partnership spirit
  • Strong personal identification with PKF Mueller firm values and intrinsic values in our industry - Proactive, Respect, Inspiring, Dedication, Enthusiasm – the Heart of Our Culture. Trust, Integrity among others.


We recognize that talented professionals are attracted to companies that provide competitive compensation and benefits packages. We offer attractive comprehensive benefits packages that include the following:

  • Generous paid vacation and sick pay policies, and 9 days paid holidays
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Various medical coverage plans to choose from: PPO, HMO, HSA
  • Dental and vision plans 
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Company-sponsored life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability plans 
  • Voluntary accident, critical illness, life and AD&D
  • Tuition and training reimbursement plans for professional development

Opportunities for Advancement:

Given our unique focus on business strategies, nurtured relationships and cultivated firm culture, we are experiencing growth that will provide significant opportunities for professional growth and advancement within the firm including the potential to become a partner.

PKF Mueller is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or veteran status, and encourage all applicants to apply.

  • BA/BS degree in Accounting.
  • CPA certification with active CPA standing.
  • MST (or willingness to obtain) preferred.
  • 0-3 years' Public Accounting practice experience with large local, regional, or national public accounting firms.
  • Experience in managing engagement budgets, expenses, & performance management.
  • Ability to build rapport with firms partners & management.
  • Must possess elite leadership skills.
  • Outstanding communication & interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate, influence, negotiate; resolve conflicts, & effectively coach employees, managers, & executives.
  • Experience and ability to function using a tax software such as ProSystems, CCH, RIA and/or Engagement Manager is essential.
  • Strong personal identification with firm values and intrinsic values in our industry.
  • Valid Drivers License