busy season at firms

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    hi pal :)

    I'm starting at a top 10 firm in a week and was wondering when traditional busy season really is? I think audit is like Jan 1-March 31 and tax is like Feb- April 15 and then also before Oct 15 for late filers?

    Do all firms have some sort of blackout date for taking PTO during busy season?

    Biff Tannen

    Taking PTO during busy season? LMAO! All jokes aside, it’s usually frowned upon, unless you have a very valid excuse. Like a death in the family or a wedding.

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    What are the working hours at big 4 audit during these busy seasons? Interim and year end both

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    BIG 4 working hours at least for sec filing clients in interim and ye usually tends to be somewhere between 60-80 hours a week depending on the client. Worst case scenario is after the feb sec filing client you roll onto a private client that has a 3/31 deadline, a 6/30 not for profit deadline, and then a 9/30 client deadline.


    Small tax firm here. Work is usually heavy Feb 1st until April 15th, and then mid to late August we pick up for the Sept/oct extended filing deadline.
    Best not to ask about taking time off during busy season. Not a good look.

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