What does an Associate 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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.9 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Tax Professional Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36,995 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $37K
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Associate Tax Professional Career Path

Learn how to become an Associate Tax Professional, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Associate Tax Professional Insights

Read what Associate Tax Professional professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Her Majesty's Revenue & CustomsHer Majesty's Revenue & Customs
Tax Specialist
Jul 29, 2021

“The HMRC offer flexible working and I am currently fully home based which suits my situation as a working parent.”

Her Majesty's Revenue & CustomsHer Majesty's Revenue & Customs
Tax Specialist
Aug 2, 2021

“There is great scope for career and personal development as a result of this scheme and I feel adequately challenged.”

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Tax Preparer
Nov 29, 2021

“Everyone is really dedicated to the cause and we give our best to get things done and perform well.”

Senior Tax Associate
Aug 25, 2021

“There is a coaching and constructive feedback system that fosters personal growth and development each year.”

Senior Assurance Associate
Jun 25, 2021

“The people are honestly awesome and haven't had any issues in my time here.”

Senior Tax Associate
Dec 21, 2021

“KPMG Nigeria is the best place to start your career and gain required experience to succeed in the industry.”

Assurance Associate
Apr 5, 2020

“Great place to start your career I public accounting and gain experience within the field.”

Individual Income Tax Preparer (VITA Program)
Nov 10, 2020

“It was a great experience to learn Tax laws and help people with tax return preparation.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an associate tax professional

When working as an associate tax professional, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Communication, Written Communication, Law Degree, MS Office, and Writing.

The most similar professions to associate tax professional are:
  • Tax Consultant
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Analyst
  • Tax Manager

The most common qualifications to become an associate tax professional include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.