You may consider law school. IMO CPAs aren’t as prestigious or helpful, as they once were. MBA is always a solid route to go, too.
Some kind of graduate level degree is what I would recommend, and either of those two make the most sense to me.[/quote]
Why would you compare law school to a certification? If OP decides he wants to be a controller or ultimately a CFO the CPA designation is something he’ll want to have.
Many school, The University of Baltimore for example, has a dual MBA/JD program worth looking into, but you’re talking a lot of money. [/quote]
Because CPAs and often times MBAs, ironically, don’t fully understand tax law. [/quote]
The OP doesn’t work in tax. He works for a bank.
Even if true, which I doubt, that still doesn’t explain why you would compare a certification (14 hours of testing and work experience) to an advanced degree (years of learning and tens of thousands of dollars).
Yes, tax law is a specialty that you won’t necessarily learn about just because you went to law school, but a Tax LLM (to which a law degree is a prerequisite) in my opinion is the most prestigious tax/finance degree one can obtain.[/quote]
The OP said he’s not sure what he wants to do and your suggestion is to spend tens of thousands of dollars to learn a specialty?
I don’t follow how a Tax LLM or MST for that matter translates to finance?
True, a tax LLM without a solid background in accounting may still be deficient in some ways, but OP already has a background accounting.[/quote]
His background is in finance not accounting.
If you know tax law, and very few people do, you can make a lot of money.[/quote]
Sure, but that isn’t what the OP asked. This is also a completely different career path than the one he just started.
To wrap up, I have two thoughts on this topic: 1- a bachelor’s alone, even with all kinds of nifty certifications, is not going to be sufficient in this day and age for the top finance jobs. [/quote]
I still don’t get what a law degree in tax has to do with top finance jobs?