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Staff Accountant I

Do you want to be part of a team invested in your success with unlimited growth potential? Do you consider yourself motivated and career driven? Do you have the maturity and insight to work directly with business owners? Hamilton Tharp has an immediate opening for an ambitious Staff Tax Accountant to become part of their growing team. This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative, dedicated team player with a passion for client service who is looking to develop their career. At HT2, you will have direct interaction and responsibility with our clients to assist them with their accounting and financial needs. Our firm provides services well beyond our clients’ expectations, including complete accounting, tax and advisory services to a variety of individuals and businesses. We offer an exciting, up-tempo and challenging work environment situated on a beautiful campus in Solana Beach. Founded in 1980, Hamilton Tharp has assembled a team of top tax and accounting professionals to assist clients in reaching their financial and life goals.

Please email your resume to to be considered for future opportunities in this role.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Accounting
    • Be familiar with the Firm’s policies and procedures.
    • Correctly and consistently perform assigned accounting procedures.
    • Process payroll and understand tax deposit requirements and payroll journal entries.
    • Make basic recommendations regarding specific accounts.
    • Understand financial accounting, including reviewing and analyzing client data and proposing adjustments.
    • Understand the need for self-review and make an effort to catch errors consistent with a Staff Accountant I level.
    • Keep supervisor informed of all important developments in client engagements.
  • Tax
    • Proficiently process 1099’s, sales tax returns, and business property tax statements.
    • Understand basic tax code sections and regulations and apply them correctly and consistently.
    • Regularly read industry newsletters and attempt to stay current on tax legislation and interpretations.
    • Understand basic tax planning and procedures.
    • Correctly prepare basic corporate, individual, partnership, fiduciary, and other tax returns with considerable supervision.
  • Research
    • Be familiar with research tools and use them regularly.
  • Administration
    • Regularly update accounting and tax procedures and document them clearly.
    • Keep WIP updated daily and add projects as assigned.
    • Record time daily and accurately.  Submit weekly timesheets timely.
    • Be familiar with engagement and promptly notify supervisor when work is outside of scope.
    • Monitor own billable and administrative time to steadily move towards achieving expectations.
Please email your resume to to be considered for future opportunities in this role.

Knowledge, Experience
& Requirements

Knowledge, Experience, and Educational Requirements:

  • Accounting degree and pursuing CPA license.
  • Zero to three years experience in public accounting.
  • Familiarity with pertinent IRC sections and state rules and regulations.
  • Understanding of the rules, requirements, and code of conduct of the AICPA and other government agencies.
  • Pursuing CPA license.
  • Proficiency in Quickbooks, PCS, Lacerte, UltraTax,  Word, EXCEL, Sureprep and Outlook.
  • Proficient in typing and developing proficiency in 10-key by touch.
  • Familiarity with standard concepts, practices, and procedures in the Accounting field.


Our salaries and bonus programs are among the best, and we offer benefits that include medical, dental, vision, 401K, cafeteria plans (FSA, POP, Dependent Care, Transportation), Life and LTD, and excellent holiday and paid time off.

Please email your resume to to be considered for future opportunities in this role.