CIM Research and Development Credits Senior Associate​

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RSM is looking for a Senior Associate to join their Tax Credits and Incentives Practice. This unique Practice within the nation’s leading middle market accounting firm allows the Associate to travel to client sites to discuss client’s developing products. Intensive training will be provided along with a dedicated mentor.


  • Assistance with conducting quality R&D tax credit studies for the Firm’s clients which involves reviewing work papers and returns, conducting interviews with client personnel relating to their R&D activities, resolving technical issues and performing tax technical research
  • Assistance with tax consulting services, including section 199 Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD), among others such as accounting method assessments, design and implementation of projects related to revenue and expense recognition, capitalized items, fixed assets and inventories
  • Developing business and industry expertise along with specialized knowledge of tax laws and regulations relating to the R&D credit and DPAD
  • Assistance with managing and implementing multiple projects simultaneously, which includes client interviews, computations, analysis, data gathering and coordination of RSM and client resources
  • Develop and sustain excellent client relationships through personal attention and timeliness of service by maintaining regular contact with assigned clients – communicate directly with client personnel, including operations, finance, accounting, and engineering
  • Assistance in our business development efforts by participating in feasibility reviews to determine the potential cost and benefit of a full study and recognizing opportunities for providing additional services to clients
  • Assist with drafting opinion letters, responses to IRS and state inquiries and writing other technical memoranda



  • 2+ years of experience at the Senior Associate level
  • Undergraduate degree in business (accounting, economics, finance, etc.) or a degree in the sciences (computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, or physics).
  • Strong social skills including a dynamic personality and excellent communications
  • Natural curiosity
  • Ability to take detailed notes in a fast paced environment
  • Extremely organized and responsive
  • Good judgment
  • Proficiency with MS Excel and Access
  • Available for up to 50% travel during the busy season

Preferred Qualifications:

  • CPA, JD, or EA
  • Master’s Degree
  • 2 years of experience working with research and development
  • Experience working for large national accounting firm in a specialized practice area

You want your next step to be the right one. You've worked hard to get where you are today. And now you're ready to use your unique skills, talents and personality to achieve great things. RSM is a place where you are valued as an individual, mentored as a future leader, and recognized for your accomplishments and potential. Working directly with clients, key decision makers and business owners across various industries and geographies, you'll move quickly along the learning curve and our clients will benefit from your fresh perspective.

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RSM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.
Job ID req4150
Line of Business: Tax Services
SubFunction: Lead Tax - CIM
Job Type: Full Time
Req #: req4150
Location: 18401 Von Karman Ave, Flr 5, Irvine, CA US
Region: West Region
Job Category: Tax
Employment Type: Experienced
Degree Required: Bachelor
Travel: Yes
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