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Tax Preparers
District Of Columbia

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Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.

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Currently Employed: 186

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $20.86 - $36.15

Typical Annual Salary: $43,400 - $75,200

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Interview clients to obtain additional information on taxable income and deductible expenses and allowances.
  • Use all appropriate adjustments, deductions, and credits to keep clients' taxes to a minimum.
  • Prepare or assist in preparing simple to complex tax returns for individuals or small businesses.
  • Compute taxes owed or overpaid, using adding machines or personal computers, and complete entries on forms, following tax form instructions and tax tables.
  • Furnish taxpayers with sufficient information and advice to ensure correct tax form completion.
  • Check data input or verify totals on forms prepared by others to detect errors in arithmetic, data entry, or procedures.
  • Consult tax law handbooks or bulletins to determine procedures for preparation of atypical returns.
  • Calculate form preparation fees according to return complexity and processing time required.
  • Explain federal and state tax laws to individuals and companies.
  • Review financial records such as income statements and documentation of expenditures to determine forms needed to prepare tax returns.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Desktop calculator
  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Financial analysis software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Tax preparation software

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