Why did you decide to pursue a career in tax, and what would you tell your younger self about the profession?
I gravitated toward tax because of the numbers aspect, but I’ve stayed for entirely different reasons. As I’ve grown in my career, I’ve realized that I thrive when faced with problems that require critical thinking, research, and a dose of creativity to solve. Tax happens to supply exactly these types of challenges daily.
As a state and local tax specialist, I deal with an incredibly complex and varied set of tax rules. Often, the state tax treatment of something is unclear. Arriving at an answer involves asking the right questions, delving into available guidance to piece together possible answers, and then delivering scenarios to clients in a way that clearly explains the risks and rewards of each option. The process is challenging but incredibly rewarding.
Tax is much more than numbers and tax forms; we are really solving complex puzzles. We help our clients see the big picture that the puzzle pieces create and how it affects their business. I thought my math skills would translate well to tax, which they have. More importantly, though, I’ve come to appreciate how curiosity and a constant drive to learn new things are the greatest assets of any tax professional.
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Anna Cronic is a senior manager in the state and local tax group in RSM US LLP’s Washington national tax practice. Her work focuses on state income tax consulting and SALT ASC 740 work for C corporation clients in a variety of industries.