Focus on what counts

In Focus: Mary Sheridan

Partner-in-Charge, Tax Operations

February 28, 2018

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How long have you been with Citrin Cooperman?

[Mary Sheridan] I have been with Citrin Cooperman for over six and a half years.

What's the best advice you've been given regarding your career?

[Mary Sheridan] Own your career or someone else will do it for you.

What's your role in the firm?

[Mary Sheridan] As partner-in-charge of tax operations for the firm's New York City office, as well as the U.S. co-leader of the affiliate office in India, my role is to build the processes necessary to ensure that Citrin Cooperman's tax functions are being scheduled timely, serviced by appropriately trained staff levels, and that nothing falls through the cracks. We have around 18,000 tax returns that come through the New York and India offices each year, which requires a huge amount of organization, with no room for mistakes. Additionally, I am one of the firm’s tax quality control partners, a member of the firm’s Federal Tax Policy Committee, and the tax team leader for firm-related due diligence assignments.

How do you help the tax department focus on what counts?

[Mary Sheridan] I am a big believer in challenging our personnel with assignments that are appropriate for their level and years of experience by working with each person to help them achieve their goals. My goal is to achieve win-win results when troubleshooting problems and help grow the future leaders of the tax department.

What are your favorite books?

[Mary Sheridan] The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is a classic that continues to be relevant today. I also enjoy fictional books by John Grisham, James Patterson, and Dan Brown to name a few.

What do you like to do outside of work?

[Mary Sheridan] Spending time with my husband, Sean, and our dog, Charley. We like to travel (at least annually to Aruba), socialize with family and friends, and take our dog to the dog park.