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Tax Lawyer

Overview: Tax attorneys provide advice to their clients about taxes they may have to pay to the federal, state, or foreign government. They advise clients how to legally minimize their taxes in their business or personal affairs.
Duties: They confer with clients to determine what kinds of income and assets are taxable and what expenses and disbursements qualify as a legal deduction.

They advise clients about legal exposures they have in their tax reporting procedures. They prepare opinions about tax liabilities they incurred from past transactions.

They defend clients in tax litigation where a government agency claims taxes are due from the client. Study the case details, evaluate the client's earlier tax returns to prepare a defense.

Advise individuals and organizations about the legal management of their estates, gifts, properties and investments. They recommend legal instruments to minimize the tax on these items.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of tax attorneys is expected to increase about as fast as average through 2018. Best opportunities are for those who have advanced law degree in tax and who are willing to practice in smaller towns and suburbs.
Starting Salary: Government positions generally pay less than those in private firms.
Salary Range (National Average): $55,000 to $62,000
Education Level: Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.
Additional Training/Education: To practice law in the courts of any state, a person must be licensed or admitted to its Bar by passing an examination. To qualify for the exam, you must complete at least four years of college and graduate from an approved law school.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.