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Do You Have What it Takes to Become a Tax Preparer?

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From national defense and welfare programs to healthcare and education, taxes are the fuel that runs the country. If you become a tax preparer, it would be your responsibility to ensure that your clients are paying their fair share, but not more than they must. Successful tax preparers are ethical critical thinkers who have a knack for educating others, and the foresight to draw connections among past, present and future financial situations.

You enjoy puzzles and brain teasers

Does your family use Sudoku puzzle books as stocking stuffers for you every year? Does your idea of a fun night in include a jigsaw puzzle? If you’re the sort of person who enjoys solving complicated riddles and problems, then you already have the mind of a tax preparer. As a tax preparer, you’ll need to think on your feet and figure out the answers to financial dilemmas.

Your friends turn to you for guidance and support

Charisma is an amazing thing. It’s difficult to define, but everyone knows when someone’s got it. You will make an excellent tax preparer if you’re the type of person to whom others turn for guidance. That’s because it indicates you are personable, a strong and respectful communicator and an active listener. All of these personality traits are necessary for effective tax preparers.

You like to tutor your classmates

Much of the work a tax preparer does involves sorting through records, organizing information and crunching numbers. But another key aspect of the profession is educating clients. If you are the sort of person who has a knack for helping your classmates understand complex concepts, then a career as a tax preparer could be a good fit for you. Effective tax preparers have a knack for understanding the complexities of the tax code and breaking them down into the simplest possible form to improve a client’s understanding. Remember that tax preparers aren’t only responsible for handling the financial data for the previous quarter or year. They’re also responsible for giving clients the guidance they need to be better prepared for the upcoming tax year.

You aren’t easily distracted

Do you have a tendency to lose track of time when you’re immersed in an assignment or a good book? You’ll need this degree of concentration as a tax preparer. A razor-sharp focus is essential for paying attention to all those numbers that make up a tax return.

You set high standards of integrity for yourself

Integrity is important in every profession, including accounting and tax preparation. All ethical tax preparers are honest individuals who strive to ensure that their clients follow the letter of the law. They also don’t hesitate to hold themselves accountable when they make a mistake.

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