Tax Preparers

Tax preparers prepare income tax returns for individuals and small businesses for a fee, for either quarterly or yearly filings. They help to establish and maintain business records to expedite tax preparations and may advise clients on how to save money on their tax payments. There are approximately 67,810 tax preparers employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Prepare income tax returns for individuals and small businesses
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience On-the-job training
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Organizational
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Certified Public Accountant or Tax Consultant
  • Experienced Tax Preparer
  • Entry-Level Tax Preparer

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