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Tax Paralegal I

Job ID: 6590

Updated: May 17, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Category: Paralegal


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 Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP is seeking a Tax Paralegal who will support multiple attorneys and the overall practice on a variety of matters.

Essential Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Handles and files Section 83(b) election filings with the IRS
  • Prepares and files Form 8832 with the IRS
  • Prepares and files Form 8875 with the IRS
  • Prepares and files Form 2553 with the IRS
  • Prepares and files Form 1023 with the IRS
  • Prepares and files Form SS-4 with the IRS to obtain EINs
  • Prepares and files IRS notifications of conversion, business name change or dissolution of EIN with the IRS
  • Prepares and files Form 8822-B with the IRS
  • Prepares and files Form 966 with the IRS
  • Prepares and files Form 8023 with the IRS
  • Prepares and files Form 8869 with the IRS
  • Prepares and distributes communications to the IRS
  • Monitors and handles request from the Firm’s Tax Election Filings email distribution
  • Collaborates with supporting tax election team members
  • Prepares communications with clients and attorneys with respect to tax election filings
  • Obtains information from, and provides information to, clients
  • Obtains information from, and provides information to, attorneys regarding tax filings
  • Compiles documents and distributes for signature
  • Identifies and formulates solutions to problems which may arise
  • Collaborates with various practice groups providing support, as needed
  • Interfaces with IRS or other government agencies
  • Provides direct support to clients (using discretion to handle matters directly or involving an attorney)
  • Handles distribution of original documents
  • Maintains records utilizing DMS and other technologies, as needed

Other Functions: (This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented and changed as necessary.)

  • Any other functions/duties as assigned by management

Qualifications & Requirements

Education, Work Experience, Skills:

The ideal candidate will possess experience in one or more areas including Tax, Investment Funds, M&A, private equity. The ideal candidate will possess 2+ years of paralegal experience with a bachelor’s degree preferred. Additional qualifications include excellent analytical and organizational abilities, solid communication skills, strong computer abilities, creativity, and initiative.  Flexibility for travel and overtime is required.


  • Strong technical skills are required, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and a form of Document Management System.

Certificates, Licensures, Registrations:

  • Paralegal certification preferred

Work Environment: 

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets.  This role is required to work in-office during business hours.

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

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