Associate - Accounting & Tax Services

Founder’s CPA

Chicago, Illinois

Date Posted May 02, 2024
Industry Tax
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


About Founder's CPA

Founder’s CPA was founded in 2017 and is now an industry-leading accounting firm located in Chicago that focuses on outsourced accounting, tax, and CFO services for venture-backed startups. We refuse to accept the inefficient and burdensome “old school” approach to accounting and offer a modern approach that improves the client experience. This approach enables us to provide deeper and more meaningful value in our role as a trusted advisor.

We’re looking for curious and reliable team members who share our values (see blow) to join the team!

What We Value

We value diversity and the unique perspectives and strengths each team member brings to our firm. Together, we work in alignment with our 5 core values:

  • #FIOTA (Figure it out then ask) - By embracing an entrepreneurial mindset, you can exhibit a natural curiosity to develop answers to questions and understand why one way could be better than another.
  • Authentic Relationships - Care deeply for others, but be willing to challenge them directly to be the best version of themselves, while also embracing constructive feedback as an opportunity to grow.
  • Accountability - Produce a product that you're proud of, but know your own limitations. Trust in your coworkers' abilities and the reliability of others.
  • Teach Others to Fish - Share knowledge while being a thoughtful communicator. Be patient, understanding, and aware that everyone may not be as capable as you are.
  • Thoughtful Communication - Communication should strive to be appropriately delivered, timely, thorough, and solutions-focused.

Learn more about what our team members and clients have to say about us here.

About the Role

Our cross-functional Associate role will be tasked with providing both accounting services and tax services to our client base. The role may also have exposure to our digital assets and CFO service lines. Specialization in a specific service line or continuation of the cross-functional path will be evaluated in the future after the cross-functional Associate has had the opportunity to gain experience in both areas.

What You’ll Do

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing accounts receivables, invoicing, accounts payable, and bill pay for clients
  • Posting entries to the general ledger and preparing adjusting entries for month-end close
  • Preparing reporting packages for clients and collaborating with management to communicate budget to actuals variance and trends analysis
  • Answering client inquiries and working with management to triage and problem-solve accounting issues or questions
  • Setup and administer client payroll accounts to ensure federal, state, and local payroll tax compliance
  • Preparation and submission of sales tax filings for state and local compliance
  • Preparation & review of corporate 1120 tax returns
  • Preparation & review of partnership 1065 tax returns
  • Preparation & review of s-corporation 1120S tax returns
  • Preparation & review of individual 1040 tax returns & Schedule C
  • Calculating gains & losses for cryptocurrency mining, staking, trading, and DeFi transactions for both individuals and companies
  • R&D tax credit studies & calculations

Who You Are

The ideal candidate exhibits the following skills and/or characteristics:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a similar field
  • A borderline unhealthy obsession with being organized
  • Keen attention to detail (do you notice when little things are off and does it bother you?!)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Natural curiosity and a strong desire to learn new skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Problem-solving skills-- do you believe you can find the answer to anything if you just look hard enough?
  • Professionalism and commitment to exceptional communication and client service
  • Tech-savvy and able to quickly learn new systems
  • Experience with Quickbooks Online, ProConnect, CCH Axcess a plus
  • Experience with Quickbooks Online, Sage Intacct, Xero,, Expensify, Gusto, HubDoc, and other accounting applications are a plus
  • Experience with & cryptocurrency tax topics is a plus
  • Experience in tax research using Bloomberg research tools is a plus
  • On track for your CPA is preferred but not required


A perk we like to highlight is work life balance. We recognize this is an industry with a reputation for spending long hours at the office, and we try to do things a little differently. Firstly, we encourage our team to work from where they work best, whether that be at home or in our Chicago office. While we may request in office meetings from time to time, we encourage our team to control where and how they work. Additionally, we strive to provide each team member with a reasonable workload. Based on internal surveys, during the off-season, employees typically work an average 40 hours per week. We recognize that balance shifts during busy seasons, and while dedication is crucial, we strive to maintain a healthy equilibrium. Even during peak periods, employees typically average 50-55 hours per week. We believe that a harmonious work-life balance not only enhances individual satisfaction but also contributes to a thriving and motivated workforce.

Other perks include:

  • Casual dress
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package, including profit sharing bonuses
  • Autonomy of work and ability to grow quickly within the company
  • A company culture that places emphasis on individual career goals
  • Opportunity to work on a variety of innovative clients in emerging industries


This position is for immediate hire, paid commensurate with the candidate’s experience.


Founder's CPA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Applicants must be authorized to work for ANY employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa at this time.