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Is it possible to work in tax while only working 40-45 hours per week? I like tax and learning about it, but I cannot keep up with the billable hours and constantly being in busy season.

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I’m also trying to figure that out.

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Don’t worry about me, I’m trying to find a tax Director role in industry that will be near my current salary.

Try IRS.

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Will do! Thought about making the jump to gov but nervous about the negative stigma. Bad upwards mobility/pay

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Yes, in industry. Be up front in your interviews about work life balance and ask how much they work during busy season and non busy season. Also try to get a feel for how your manager/team has the “butts in seat” mentality. My boss doesn’t check on me every 5 minutes as long as my work is done on time. I work 40 hours/week max, but 2-3 weeks out of the year will work closer to 50-60 (if needed).

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Really depends on the company. If it’s a large dept, you may do one thing like fixed assets. If it’s a smaller dept, you may do fed/state/international and some indirect. I’ve always had the latter. Many people say industry is boring and maybe it is if you do only one small thing, but that hasn’t been my experience in over 10 years.

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This is going to be an unpopular opinion but... 40 hours a week and rapid upward mobility are mutually exclusive in tax. There may be a unicorn or two out there, but realistically, you get what you put in.

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Don’t feel like that’s an unpopular opinion, it’s a fair opinion.

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