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Current M&A tax associate, just got off the phone with a recruiter for a senior M&A position at a private company. Involves a massive raise but with the caveat I won’t be under a CPA to get the experience to be licensed. Should this be a deal breaker? I don’t think I want to stay in accounting/tax long term but it feels somewhat wrong to have spent all that time on the exams just to not get licensed. Thoughts?

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How long have you been in public? Your firm will sign off even if you leave

Yeah I think I'd go for it

If you’re anywhere close to a year of work, I’d try to stick it out. Even if don’t stay in accounting, it’s still credentials that can help you stand out down the line

If you're close to 1 YOE, stick it out, and maybe see if you can delay your start date at the new company. Let them know this is the one reason that's an issue and maybe they can help figure something out

I’ve only been in public since January, so that would mean sticking around for about 6 more months

Can you share compensation numbers? Just curious to see what’s out there

Ballpark is going from mid 50s to mid 80s

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Your current company will sign off on your work time, even if you leave and track them down months later (unless the company goes totally bust, the owners completely disappear, and every kind of company gets destroyed). Find out what you can about who works in this other place, someone who might be licensed and can maybe sign for you.

company record, that is

I’d pursue the opportunity. You don’t need the CPA credentials to advance your career internally.

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