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Tax Preparers

Also called: Enrolled Agent, Tax Advisor, Tax Consultant, Tax Preparer

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What they do:
Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.
On the job, you would:
  • Use all appropriate adjustments, deductions, and credits to keep clients' taxes to a minimum.
  • Compute taxes owed or overpaid, using adding machines or personal computers, and complete entries on forms, following tax form instructions and tax tables.
  • Interview clients to obtain additional information on taxable income and deductible expenses and allowances.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • accounting and economics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Safety and Government
  • law and government

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Tax preparation software
  • ATX Total Tax Office
  • CCH ProSystem fx TAX
Financial analysis software
  • Sales Tax Tools Sales Tax Researcher
  • Sync Essentials Trade Accountant
Accounting software
  • ATX Total Accounting Office
  • Intuit QuickBooks Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$43,080
$21,750
$87,060

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