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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for tax preparers will grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2018. According to the IRS, approximately 83 million individual federal income tax returns were prepared by paid preparers in 2007, an increase of just 2 percent from the previous year. Because tax laws are constantly changing and growing more complex, demand for tax professionals will remain constant. Much of this demand, however, is expected to be met by the tax preparers already working because computers are increasingly expediting the process of tabulating and storing data. Recent surveys of employers in large metropolitan areas have found an adequate supply of tax preparers; prospects for employment may be better in smaller cities or rural areas.