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TaxConnections Happy Thanksgiving Gift For Tax Professionals

welcometurkeymissyThanksgiving is the day we are reminded to set aside time for thanksgiving and praise for the tax professionals and tax organizations we have served this year.

1. We are grateful for the tax professionals who TaxConnections refers new tax business and tax opportunities. You are tax leaders on the front lines of business development innovation.

2. We are grateful for the tax professionals who trust our counsel regarding advancing tax firms and tax careers.

3. We are grateful for every client who has retained TaxConnections Executive Search Services Division us to conduct searches for their tax departments.

4. New Members Gift who join us by Sunday, November 25th receive one year free membership with one year annual membership.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Kat Jennings, CEO
La Jolla, CA 92038 USA


Corporate Tax Provision Software Big Hit With Tax Executives

Tax Provision Complimentary Webinar Nov

Nick Frank, Tax Prodigy CEO teaches Accounting For Income Taxes as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. We asked Nick to teach corporate tax professionals step by step how to do the tax provision and simplify the tax provision process for corporate tax organizations.

If you attended the Corporate Tax Executives Call In Conference we hosted earlier this year, you would have heard our four expert consultants working inside corporate tax departments predict corporate tax professionals and their CFOs would be unprepared for the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act impact on the tax provision. They warned that some would have “provision panic” in the 4th quarter of 2018.

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2018 Corporate Tax Job Descriptions eBook – Exclusively For Corporate Tax Executives And CFOs

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TaxConnections release of 2018 Corporate Tax Job Descriptions eBook will be in December. If you retained TaxConnections Executive Search Services division within the last three years, you will receive a complimentary copy of this valuable eBook.

If you are currently not a client or TaxConnections Member and would like to receive a complimentary copy of the new 2018 Corporate Tax Job Descriptions eBook, please register as an annual TaxConnections Member to receive an eBook with our compliments once released.

This 50+ page 2018 Corporate Tax Job Descriptions eBook has been written for corporate tax executives and CFOs who want developed tax job descriptions for their organization. We know this eBook will save valuable time in the building of your corporate tax organization worldwide. TaxConnections Members receive lifetime permission to copy our work for their corporate tax organizations.

Corporate Tax Job Descriptions eBook Cover

Corporate Tax Job Descriptions eBook Cover

Contact or call 858.999.0053.



Regulations.Gov – A Valuable Resource For Tax Professionals To Discover Newly Proposed Tax Regulations

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Many tax professionals are unaware of the  website. is a multi-agency website that enables the public to view and make comments on Federal Regulations that affect them. With more than 35 Federal Departments participating in the website, it is actually designed to encourage public involvement and citizen input.

Recently, I called and asked for a lesson on how to use the www.Regulations.Gov  site and explain it to TaxConnections members. is your source for information on the development of Federal regulations and other related documents issued by the U.S. government. Through this site, you can find, read, and comment on regulatory issues that are important to you. On, you can find and comment on proposed regulations and related documents published by the U.S. Federal government.

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What Tax Professionals Can Learn From Martial Arts Icon Bruce Lee

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Bruce Lee was a great icon of the martial arts, actor and personal growth master. His philosophy is timeless, as is his approach to creating a better life. For him, there was only one direction — forward.

“If you always put limit[s] on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there — you must go beyond them.”

If you talk to any extreme endurance athlete, they will tell you emphatically that the key to success lies in their mind, not their bodies. Their bodies will succumb to the pain if and only if their minds allow it to. They will condition their minds as much as their bodies because they know if they allow a single thought of doubt or weakness, the game is over.

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

The most successful people are often not the smartest, because when you are “smart” you of course need to calculate, analyze and ponder before embarking on a new goal or tackling a project. Lee’s principle is more true today than when he said it.

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Why Smart Companies Are Hiring Tax Executives Over 55 Today

Kat Jennings - Hiring Tax Executives Over 55

According to the United States Department of Labor, the “U.S. is undergoing a demographic shift that is changing older Americans’ relationship in the workplace. The average and median age of the U.S. population is rising, and the composition of the workforce with it. By 2020, it is estimated that workers 55 and over will make up 25% of the U.S. civilian labor force, up from 13% in 2000.

In addition, individual workers are tending to remain in the workforce longer and retire later. The number of workers over the traditional retirement age of 65 is seeing a marked increase, and it is projected that they will make up even more of the American labor force by 2020. Employers rate older workers high on characteristics such as judgment, commitment to quality, attendance, and punctuality.” Smart companies have increased the interviewing and hiring of tax executives over 55 and it is a movement on the rise.

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Tax Jobs – Learn Why They Never Make It To You

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Do you ever wonder why it is such a challenge to find a tax job? Yet there are thousands of tax jobs available worldwide every day. It would be easy to write a book on all the challenges tax professionals face to find a tax job. Unless you are in the trenches finding tax jobs for tax professionals every day, you have no idea of all the obstacles encountered during a tax job search. Three decades assisting tax professionals in securing tax opportunities makes me an expert on the topic. My objective is to guide you through a process that has many trap doors that prevent you from readily accessing tax jobs.

Why do you rarely hear about great tax roles at events with your tax colleagues? Why are there tax jobs you never hear about until you discover a tax executive you know just landed this plum role? How are tax professionals approached and chosen today for the best tax jobs on the market? How can you increase your visibility to be considered for wonderful tax roles? It is time to learn how to turn the tide of greater tax career opportunity to your advantage.

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Finding A Tax Job Is An Art – How To Write An Online Professional Summary

Kat Jennings - Building On Online Tax Professional Profile

An “online professional summary” communicates a vital message about you, your tax expertise and motivates people to take action. This is the first glimpse of your technical tax skills, your career accomplishments and goals. The primary goal of an online professional summary is to present your tax expertise in a way that motivates readers to take an interest in you and/or take action.

The start of successful companies starts with an elevator pitch that draws attention to the persons business. As a business professional, it is important to promote your tax expertise with a short written elevator pitch we call an online professional summary.

My counsel to tax professionals “If you do not promote your tax expertise, who is out there promoting you?” The best way to get ahead is through promotion of your tax skills and expertise to as many people that you can. Otherwise, you remain invisible to the world which ensures you have obstacles to your success. The reason the many tax professionals I personally counsel are more successful than on their own is because of my expertise packaging tax professionals in ways they get noticed.

An elevator pitch is an impactful presentation about who you are and what tax expertise and soft skills you offer. An online professional summary is vitally important to your success throughout your tax career. It is the “first impression”  others have of you online. The goal is to write a tightly focused professional summary that motivates others to want to know and contact you.

How do you write an online professional summary?

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Finding A Tax Job Is An Art – Learn How To Present Yourself

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One of the most important documents you create in your career is your professional resume and your online resume.

It is the first impression of who you are as a tax professional. With three decades experience reviewing more than one million resumes, I understand what it takes to get a tax professional an interview with a company; and why doors are literally shut on tax professionals being considered for a tax job within 15 seconds.

Early on in my executive search career, I ran into a myriad of obstacles connecting tax professionals with the corporate decision-makers who ultimately hire them. There are actually many obstacles that will be discussed; however, the biggest is often your resume presentation. This is when 99% of tax professionals get screened out of the interview process. A majority of tax professionals simply fail to gain an interview with the written resume they presented.

This was a scenario I saw over and over again; tax professionals eliminated within 15 seconds because the person reviewing their resume did not understand it or it did not contain the information the company was searching for in a person. In my opinion, a resume screens you in or out in 15 seconds and then if they like what they see they will spend maybe three minutes more before they make a decision to see you.

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Director of Tax Job – Corona, CA

Director of Tax Job - Corona, CA

TaxConnections Inc. has been retained to conduct a search for a Director of Tax in Southern California/Orange County area. Our client is a 3B multinational holding company that offers an exciting and fun work environment aligned with a highly professional management team. This company is an exciting dream job for a Head of Tax who wants to be located in Southern California.

Responsibilities:  The Tax Director will be responsible for overseeing and managing relationships with external and internal business partners to improve processes and procedures for the tax organization. The Tax Director must have the ability to identify areas of risk and tax opportunity for the company in all areas of international, federal, state, local, sales and use tax. Role involves a wide range of domestic and international tax matters including consolidated income tax provision, tax compliance and transfer pricing.

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The Art of Searching For A Tax Job – Know The Trap Doors

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More than ever in my thirty years of counseling tax professional careers, I have recently interacted with numerous tax executives who have been given bad advice while searching for a tax job. There are many trap doors that prevent tax professionals from getting through the front door of a corporate tax department, a public accounting firm or a law firm in the first place. Having been in the trenches placing thousands of tax professionals during my career, and experiencing these trap doors firsthand, you need to know what they are in order to navigate your search for the best tax jobs! This post is the first of a series I will write on “The Art of Searching For A Tax Job – Know The Trap Doors.” Follow my expert advice and you will be far ahead of competitors for tax jobs.

Allow me to outline the topics in this series so you will continue to follow these important posts:

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Tax Professional Success: 3 Reasons Tax Reputations Rise  

Kat Jennings, TaxConnections CEO

With years of experience educating tax professionals how to succeed in the tax profession, I learned a lot building What I want to share with you are the three strategies to focus on that will have a huge impact on your tax professional career. Implementing these strategies will have you rising above the competition. There is a saying  “evolve or get fossilized” and it is the perfect reminder that a new generation tax advisor is evolving online. There are tax professionals making smart marketing moves online and you need to learn who is out in front and how they do it.

Here are the actions tax professionals take that are having a huge impact on their tax careers and future in the profession.

Write Tax Blog Posts – Tax professionals writing and posting blogs are getting all the attention from readers. Our readers are hungry for tax posts that are educating them.  Blogging is an ideal way to educate others and build relationships with a steady stream of prospective new clients and fans. Blogging opens minds and doors for you; greatly increases referral business and it builds trust for your tax expertise. Tax professional bloggers who draw the most attention write in a language people can understand. Many of the Fortune 500 to Fortune 5000 CFOs and CEOs who have retained me to find them a tax expert have asked me privately “Find a tax professional who can explain tax issues in a manner I can understand.” TaxConnections does an excellent job of positioning our members who write blogs right in front of corporate executives around the world.

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