Tax Attorney

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

Square is looking for an attorney to be a strategic advisor to help support our growing international presence and product offerings from a tax perspective. If hired, you will be the liaison between Square’s tax and legal teams and the other groups and regions, including the finance and product teams, across the global organization. This is a great opportunity to join a growing legal team and work exciting issues in our new Oakland office or remote, as applicable. As we expand our offerings, your ideas and contributions will make an immediate impact. You will report to the Corporate Lead. A creative legal mind and a sense of adventure are all required, and someone who can work in both structured and unstructured environments.

You will:

  • Help with tax planning efforts to minimize tax liabilities, reduce tax risks, and support the tax efficient expansion of Square’s global operations
  • Support several tax audits, including IRS and state exams
  • Perform technical research on U.S. tax topics to support the tax team. Topics could include sub-C, sub-K, accounting methods and not-for-profit, and product-related tax matters.
  • Prepare memoranda to document technical positions
  • Support the tax and accounting teams in evaluating uncertain tax positions
  • Develop and track all material intercompany transactions and transfer pricing policies
  • Support preparation and review of transfer pricing documentation
  • Draft and maintain intercompany agreements
  • Monitor tax and accounting rule changes and the potential impact to Square, and prepare executive level summaries
  • Support the tax team with special projects, including the evaluation of potential acquisitions, asset purchases, restructurings, financings, and other operational changes
  • Work with our internal product, business, tax, accounting and compliance teams, as well as with external advisors and experts
  • Develop and improve upon tax‐related processes
  • Manage projects with a team-oriented approach


You have:

  • At least 6 years of relevant strategic and operational tax management experience in large public company tax environment, including time with a law firm, Big 4 accounting firm, or multinational company
  • Knowledge of, and experience applying, U.S. tax principles and other authorities governing cross‐border taxation
  • Fluency in translating legal tax advice into applicable guidance for product, finance and other teams
  • A JD and active membership in at least one state bar
  • Tax LLM preferred
  • Knowledge of U.S. GAAP accounting rules a plus

Additional Information

At Square, we value diversity and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at) We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.


At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Flexible time off
  • Learning and Development resources