Tax Accountants

Tax Accountant Discusses Filings Tax with a Client

Tax accountants prepare tax forms and returns for businesses and individual clients. Many specialize in preparing taxes for corporations or nonprofits, or for particular industries, such as banking, real estate, insurance, health care, or other types of businesses. Some tax accountants are experienced in preparing tax returns for high-income individuals. Tax accountants are knowledgeable about business practices and government regulations, and advise their clients on steps they can take to reduce their tax liabilities. According to the Department of Labor, there are more than 1.2 million accountants and auditors employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Prepare tax returns and forms for corporations and individuals; advise clients on ways to reduce tax liabilities; itemize deductions; ensure compliance with tax laws
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, with many jobs in major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience Two or more years experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Math
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Senior Tax Accountant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Junior Tax Accountant

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