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Tax Preparers

Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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


    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Economics and Accounting

      Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 37200/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 17.88/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,260
    • Yearly Projected Openings 250

    Typical Education


    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance


    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    • Desktop calculator


    • Tax preparation software
    • Financial analysis software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software

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