What does a Tax Professional do?

Tax professionals provide advice and support related to the payment and reporting of taxes, and the completion of tax returns and other tax-related documents. They assist in the preparation and submission of tax returns for individuals, self-employed professionals, businesses, and other entities. They provide advice and guidance to help taxpayers minimize their tax bills by utilizing all possible deductions and credits, while ensuring they still meet their tax obligations. They also provide support for audits and inquiries. Many tax professionals work on a short-term, seasonal basis.

Tax professionals typically have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance, and a background in accounting, bookkeeping, or similar roles. A professional designation such as a CPA is an advantage. They should have extensive experience preparing tax returns and related supporting documentation. Proficiency using tax preparation software programs or online tools is helpful.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
19%
2 - 4
70%
5 - 7
5%
8+
6%

Common Skill Sets

Audit
Writing
Confidence
Schedules
Collaboration
Calculations
Excellent Communication
Motivated

Tax Professional Seniority Levels

Tax Consultant
11% made the transition
Tax Accountant
60% made the transition
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Tax Professional Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36,201 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$23K
Median: $36K
$57K
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