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What’s So Great About Being a Tax Pro—Tell Us Your Stories (1)

Sept. 1, 2022, 8:45 AMUpdated: Sept. 30, 2022, 3:55 PM

We all know that the tax profession can be frustrating and challenging, but it also can be even more rewarding. You stay with it because ... well, why don’t you tell us?

Bloomberg Tax Insights & Commentary wants to know why you do what you do—not only to reinforce the importance of the tax profession but also to show others why they should consider a career in tax. So we’re collecting a series of short essays to showcase the best parts about being a tax pro.

With that in mind, choose one (or more) of these questions and let us know:

  • What do you love most about your job?
  • Why did you decide to pursue a career in tax, and what would you tell your younger self about the profession?
  • When was the first moment that made you feel confident about your work as a tax pro?
  • What is the most common misperception about the tax profession, and how are you working to change it?
  • What kinds of changes have you seen in diversity, equality, and inclusion efforts (which have become more of a focus at many firms), and how are you engaging with those efforts?

We will highlight some of the responses on The Exchange from Oct. 24–29, during what we’re calling Tax Pro Week. We plan to publish about five to seven submissions in each category.

The Rules

For this series, submissions should be no more than 200 words. Works must be original: We don’t publish articles that have been or will appear elsewhere. The deadline for submissions is now Oct. 7, 2022.

Here are some helpful tips:

Bylines: Let us know your name exactly as you want it to appear, including initials.

Biographical information: Please submit a brief bio, ideally one or two sentences, with your submission. We may shorten bios because of space limitations.

Author photo: Please provide a headshot in color (gif or jpeg).

Contract: If we choose your submission for publication, we will send you an author agreement. We won’t publish without a signed agreement.

The Process

Our editing team will review your article to ensure that the piece is clear, conversational, and compelling. We’ll return an edited version to you for review—and a chance to make any changes—before publication.

We’ll also do a special roundup of tips and sharing on social media and in our newsletters. After publication, we’ll send you a link to the article for easy sharing and distribution.

Ready to get started? Send your Tax Pro Week answers to rbaker@bloombergindustry.com no later than Oct. 7, 2022. Please put the words “Tax Pro Week” in the subject line of your email.

(Updated with extended deadline)

To contact the reporter on this story: Rebecca Baker in Washington at rbaker@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kelly Phillips Erb at kerb@bloombergindustry.com