Entry Level Tax Associate

Chicago, Illinois, United States

One of our four core values at Topel Forman is excellence. We believe that you should be given the tools to create your own career path and receive support from your fellow teammates to succeed. This dedication extends from our interns to the partner level. The goal of our Entry Level Tax Associate is to train and mentor junior professionals to understand several different aspects of taxation and to provide a good foundation for career development opportunities. For more information on Topel Forman, please visit our website at www.topelforman.com.


We are looking for an Entry Level Tax Associate for our Chicago, IL or Denver, CO office to start in Winter 2021 or Winter 2022, to prepare a combination of individuals, entities, trust, estate, and gift tax returns while delivering quality tax services that will afford you the opportunity to both develop professionally and increase the firm’s reputation. As the Tax Associate, you will receive training in various areas of taxation, tax workpaper documentation, and other projects under the supervision of seniors, supervisors, managers, and partners.

Essential Functions


  • Prepare a variety of tax returns which may include: individual, partnership, trust, and gift returns to meet government requirements and client expectations
  • Maintain a working knowledge of individual tax laws
  • Prepare individual tax projections to ensure proper tax planning for the client
  • Maintain a working knowledge of tax preparation software used in the office
  • Perform other accounting duties as necessary to meet the responsibilities of the position and client expectations


  • Identify and communicate tax and accounting issues to seniors, supervisors, managers, and partners
  • Demonstrating flexibility in prioritizing, and completing tasks
  • Proactively seeking guidance, clarification, and feedback
  • Learn about the firm – get to know partners/managers, services provided, specialties of individuals, key clients and industries served
  • Build communication skills: practice business writing (clear workpapers and emails), working with other professionals, and feeling comfortable in business situations


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting with 150 hours completion upon start date
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to multi-task and communicate effectively are all essential to this position

Preferred Requirements 

  • Prior internship or work experience

About Us
Topel Forman is a leading certified public accounting firm in the Midwest and the Denver region providing a wide range of attest, accounting, tax, advisory, and consulting services to individuals, professionals, closely-held and family-owned businesses and corporations. At Topel Forman, you’ll find the high level of talent and expertise you’d expect from a larger firm, but with the accessibility and collaboration that are usually only available at a smaller organization. You can expect to work directly with clients, senior-level management, and partners with knowledge of various disciplines. A proactive, hands-on approach to our clients allows you to grow in your expertise and advance in your career. For more information on Topel Forman, please visit our website at www.topelforman.com. 


  • Competitive salary with annual merit increases 
  • Annual discretionary bonus eligibility 
  • 35-hour workweek during non-busy season 
  • To learn more about our firm and benefit offerings, please visit our careers page