Tax Preparer

Everyone in the United States who has a job is required to file a tax return. Therefore there will always be employment opportunities for tax preparers because many taxpayers do not want to deal with the paperwork involved in filing their tax returns. Tax preparers do most of their work in the offices of the firms that employ them where they interview potential clients by asking them a set of standard questions. Once the client hires them they complete the necessary tax forms which nowadays are typically filed electronically. If customers are satisfied they will return the following year which is how the tax preparer builds a client base. The website says that tax preparers need at least a high school diploma although some have completed college level coursework. Also some states require that tax preparers have a license. They must be good at working with numbers and know how to make use of computer applications and how to type quickly and accurately using a keyboard but employers provide training for the tax preparers they hire. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts above average employment opportunities for this job. Tax preparation work tends to be seasonal with a heavy demand in February March and April. However experience in tax preparer jobs along with additional education can lead to other careers in finance. Tax preparers earn an average wage of $9.50 an hour but they usually get a commission for each return they complete and there may be bonuses and other incentives. The website says that tax preparers earn a median salary of approximately $36000 a year.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $36000
High Salary: $40000
Low Salary: $32000
Tasks: Prepares tax returns.
Reviews financial records.
Determines forms needed to prepare tax returns.
Computes taxes owed.
Also Called: Accountant
Tax Accountant
Tax Manager
Tax Consultant
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