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Senior State Tax Analyst

Job ID: 5559

Updated: Mar 22, 2021

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Finance/Accounting


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions


The Senior State Tax Analyst will support the preparation and review of state partnership and business tax returns, estimates, extensions, and provide support for inquiries from various state tax authorities. Responsibilities will also include analysis of state tax regulations and monitoring industry trends. This individual will work with both internal and external parties and must be able to handle multiple projects concurrently.

  • Prepare state level partnership tax returns and various other business tax returns and extensions.
  • Calculate state composite / withholding tax deductions and maintain related tracking schedules.
  • Experience working with multi-state tax issues.
  • Assist in gathering information necessary to support inquiries from various state taxing authorities.
  • Assist with implementation of state tax planning opportunities, process efficiencies and quality improvements.
  • Monitor current and proposed state tax law changes to assess impact to the partnership and partners.
  • Document state tax policies and procedures.
  • Other related duties and special projects as required.


  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.

Qualifications & Requirements


  • The Senior State Tax Analyst will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance. CPA certification or MST is preferred.
  • Law firm/professional services firm experience with state tax matters is desired. Experience with a “Big 4” or other National CPA firm is a plus.
  • At least 5 years of experience in the preparation and/or preparation of state and local income tax returns is required.
  • This individual should be proactive, results oriented, and have the ability to communicate with personnel at all levels.
  • The ability to collaborate and effectively facilitate information sharing within Finance and other functions within the Firm to meet sensitive tax filing deadlines through the year is required.
  • The candidate needs to be a critical thinker who possesses a high level of intellectual curiosity, while at the same time is comfortable navigating the details involved with the tax function and its responsibilities.
  • Ability to work extended hours as necessary to complete time sensitive responsibilities.


  • MS Office with emphasis on Word and Excel

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