I would like a career in accounting; however, I do not want to deal with taxes. What are my options?
I am really interested in accounting but I find taxes to be boring. I would like a job that did not deal with taxes.
While many different positions have been mentioned in previous answers, I also wanted to add that as cliche as it sounds, accounting really is the language of business and opens up many doors. As several others have mentioned, most roles within professionals services are seeking accounting majors. While this does include those interested in doing Tax work, it also includes Auditors, IT Auditors (or Risk Assurance professionals), internal auditors, forensic accountants, transaction services specialists including highly technical accounting and financial due diligence, management consulting, technology consulting, just to name a few! Then outside the world of professional services, there are also accountancy roles within industry that offer a variety of accounting opportunities that do not involve Tax work.
I recommend exploring the websites of companies that you are interested in working for to see what roles are open to accounting majors. Attending on campus events at your University is also a great way to learn about what roles are open to accounting majors! Be sure to use your career services professionals as well, as they have a vast amount of knowledge and the skills that employers are looking for. I hope that helps!
The accounting profession offers a wide range of career options that include tax preparers and specialists but your options certainly are not limited to just tax work. For example I work at a public accounting firm in our audit (also known as assurance) practice and we have an entire separate group dedicated to tax work.
That being said, an accounting degree and the CPA certification both will require some tax knowledge. Typically you'll have to take a class on individual income taxes and possibly a corporate tax class. One of the four sections of the CPA exam is heavily focused on these topics. Even if you are not interested in learning about taxes, I urge you to still consider a career in accounting as once you get past these classes you'll have many opportunities to pursue accounting positions that do not require you to deal with taxes as many people might assume.
If you want to avoid working with tax, you might want to avoid working in a small company where you would be the only accountant (or only have a few accountants) because you are more likely to have to work on the end to end accounting process.
If you work in a big company, you are more likely to specialize in an area of accounting, in which you may never look at taxes.
Here's a link if you want more details on each: https://www.accountingtools.com/articles/what-are-the-types-of-accounting.html
I personally focus in the Risk Assurance area, which consists of Process Assurance (PA) and Internal Auditing (IA). Both of these focus on mitigating risk within an organization, but PA focuses more on financial systems and IT management, whereas IA focuses on the organization as a whole. I chose this rote because I also didn't want to do taxes, this job requires a lot of travel (which is something I wanted), and I am also able to learn a lot about the company in order to help them (I love to help others and learn new things).
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