Located in Modesto, California, Atherton & Associates, LLP is a quality firm founded more than 50 years ago with a strong commitment to providing the highest possible level of service to our clients. We provide a wide variety of services for our clients that include tax planning and preparation, estate planning, accounting and auditing and general business advisory services. The many large and small family owned businesses that we serve include the agriculture, food processing, cooperative, real estate, transportation, manufacturing, warehousing, medical industries, and professional services.

As one of the largest CPA & consulting firms in the San Joaquin Valley, Atherton & Associates, LLP also has the ability and resources to tackle the most complex business situations. We enhanced those abilities in 2003 by joining the RSM US Alliance, an association of top public accounting firms that gives us access to more than 7,000 accounting professionals in 70 different countries – a level of expertise once only available at select national firms. No matter what situation our clients may encounter, Atherton & Associates, LLP can provide the expert advice they may need.  In addition to giving us access to a full range of national and international capabilities, our affiliation with the RSM US Alliance  also assists us in providing our employees continuing professional education while assisting them with short and long term career goals.

We are actively recruiting Senior Tax Associates to help us continue to grow and provide the excellent client service that we are known for. The growth of our firm has provided unlimited opportunity for advancement for our qualified personnel and the ability to offer broader services to our clients.


  • A./B.S. degree in accounting
  • CPA or CPA candidates are preferred.
  • Two or more years of experience in tax preparation (individual, corporation, partnership). accounting firm, demonstrating a progression in complexity of tax tasks.
  • Exceptional client service and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to develop and maintain outstanding client relationships.
  • Proven technical skills with MS Office to include Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Competence with tax compliance and research software including Pro Systems and CCH Engagement.
  • Ability to lead, prioritize, thrive and adapt in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Excellent project management, analytical, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong tax research and writing skills.
  • Has a strong conviction and holds to the Firm’s core values of Integrity, Commitment, Excellence, Innovation, and Teamwork

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Ability to focus on complex tasks, understand the Firm’s comprehensive compliance process and persevere to bring work to completion for review.
  • Prepares more complex tax returns, organizes work papers, maintains open items list and conducts self-review of work before submission to reviewer.
  • Takes responsibility for service quality, thoroughness and accuracy; proactively works with client and in-charge to gather data and follow-up on open items.
  • Assesses problem/issue materiality and interprets the implications for the client.
  • Stays current on regulatory and industry issues and shares applicable information with others.
  • Consistently takes on work outside of “comfort zone,” asks for stretch assignments to develop.
  • Prepares more complex projections, provisions and returns with accuracy and according to Firm policies and procedures.
  • Performs the broadest range of tax tasks so that direct participation of supervisors, managers, or partners is kept to a minimum.
  • Dedicates time to coaching others in software knowledge, business process, research skills/resources, technical expertise, planning and project management.
  • Identifies and develops alternatives for issues and consults with engagement team.
  • Masters the Firm’s software, research technology tools and related products to accomplish work efficiently.
  • Works extended hours as needed during peak busy periods or as needed to meet deadlines as well as partner and client expectations.


  • Competitive salary
  • Cafeteria Plan which includes 401K Plan, Health, Vision, Dental, Disability, and Life Insurance
  • Medical and Daycare Reimbursement Plans
  • CPA Pass Bonus