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Is international tax a better career path than financial services tax? Thinking in terms of comp, exit opps, work/life balance in NYC

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My brother is in international tax in the McLean office and is pretty happy. I think a law degree helps in that field though.

I started at a regional firm in federal tax and switched to international tax at KPMG two and half years ago. Much more satisfied with the type of work I'm doing - more consulting, minimal compliance. Also, there are a lot of people in our group with law degrees, but I'm a CPA and the lack of a law degree hasn't held me back.

I'm in FS tax and I think the exit opps are better from our group than from international (provided you want to work for a hedge fund or PE group). It all depends on the clients though and what you want to do. I see a fair bit of crossover between Fed and international with my clients.

Of course, it is better on paper, requires thorough thinking and coordination. Best of all, it's easier to get a position elsewhere since compliance will most likely be done by a firm anyways

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