The average pay for a Tax Preparer is $11.71 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Tax Compliance and Bookkeeping. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Tax Preparer Total Pay (?
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$21,977 - $69,426
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MEDIAN: $40,691
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Tax Preparer Total Pay (?
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$8.05 - $22.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,977 - $69,426  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,879  
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $17,344  
Commission
$197.97 - $20,853  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,326 - $56,831  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,790
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $22.28  
   
Overtime
$11.98 - $33.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,879  
   
Commission
$197.97 - $20,853  
Profit Sharing
$51.52 - $17,344  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$17,326 - $56,831  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 23 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,790
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Job Description for Tax Preparer
A tax preparer assists an individual, a company, or organization in setting up and writing an accurate income tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year. Preparers must make sure the entity for which the tax forms are being prepared pays the lowest taxes allowed by law; they must do this while ensuring that any deductions, exemptions, or claims adhere to current tax laws.
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Tax Preparer Tasks
  • Examine receipts, paystubs, and other documentation to fill out financial forms.
  • Apply deductions and credits according to regulations.
  • Fill out, complete, and submit tax returns.
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Pay by Experience Level for Tax Preparer
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Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries

National Average
$29,000

Skills That Affect Tax Preparer Salaries

Tax Preparation
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$29,000
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Gender
Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 21% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 78%
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