Tax Preparer/Consultant

What Does A Tax Preparer/Consultant Do?

A tax preparer typically prepares tax returns for individuals and small businesses.

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How Do I Become A Tax Preparer/Consultant?

A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to obtain this position. Completing a two-year program in accounting technology or a related field may provide for more opportunities. Some organizations may require a four-year bachelor’s degree in accounting.

What is the Average Salary For A Tax Preparer/Consultant?

High – 80,000
Median – 36,000
Low – 19,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Tax Preparer/Consultant?

  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Tax Preparer/Consultant?

A tax preparer will work for a tax preparation firm. Some are self-employed. Because the work is seasonal, many people do this work part-time.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Tax Preparer/Consultant?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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