Tax Counsel

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • 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 expansion into new markets and product offerings from a tax perspective. If hired, you will be a liaison between Square’s tax and legal teams and interact with other teams across the Square global organization, including the finance and product teams. This is a great opportunity to join a growing legal team and work on unique domestic and international issues, new market entries and product launches. As we expand our offerings, your ideas and contributions will make an immediate impact. You will report to the Tax Counsel. A creative legal mind and a sense of adventure are all required, as is the ability to work in both structured and unstructured environments.

You will:

  • Assist with tax planning efforts to support expansion and product launches. 

  • Support M&A due diligence, planning, execution and post-acquisition integration efforts.

  • Support tax controversy matters, including tax exams and litigation.

  • Perform technical research and analysis on U.S. state, federal and international tax topics, including direct and indirect tax, M&A, tax accounting and product-related tax matters.

  • Support tax and accounting teams in evaluating uncertain tax positions.

  • Prepare memoranda to document technical positions for planning and provision purposes.

  • Support Square’s business lines from a tax perspective, including Seller, Cash App, Capital and Tidal.

  • Perform tax review of third party agreements, including partner and vendor arrangements.

  • Draft, review and maintain inter-company agreements.

  • Review of transfer pricing documentation and policies.

  • Support tax information reporting matters and respond to tax authority requests.

  • Support tax matters related to employee mobility.

  • Assist with special projects, including restructurings, financings, and other operational changes.

  • Monitor tax rule changes, perform analyses and communicate the potential impact to Square to tax and legal teams.

  • Work with our internal product, business, tax, accounting and compliance teams, as well as with external advisors on a broad range of tax planning, reporting, compliance, planning, analysis and documentation efforts.

  • Develop, improve upon and document tax‐related processes.

  • Manage projects with a team-oriented approach.

This role can sit in any of Square's US offices, or be full-time remote from the continental United States.


You have:

  • 8+ 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. federal, state and local tax principles, and other authorities 

  • Proficient in Subchapter C of the Internal Revenue Code

  • Understanding of indirect tax principles, including state and local sales and use tax, VAT, GST and other similar taxes

  • Fluency in translating legal tax concepts into applicable guidance for product, finance and other teams

  • A JD and active membership in at least one state bar

  • Tax LLM preferred

  • Cryptocurrency experience 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
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) builds tools to empower businesses and individuals to participate in the economy. Sellers use Square to reach buyers online and in person, manage their business, and access financing. Individuals use Cash App to spend, send, store, and invest money. And TIDAL is a global music and entertainment platform that expands Square's purpose of economic empowerment to artists. Square, Inc. has offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Norway, and the UK.

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