$39,893
Avg. Salary
$12.35
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,044

Profit Sharing

$1,008

Commission

$1,513

The average pay for a Tax Preparer is $12.35 per hour.

The average pay for a Tax Preparer is $39,893 per year.

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$0$71K
Salary $18,006 - $71,145
Bonus $1.00 - $4,954
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,696
Commission $2.86 - $10,304
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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$18,793 - $57,813
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 411
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $8.95 - $24.52
Hourly Tips $1.69
Overtime $13.05 - $34.65
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $1.00 - $4,954
Commission $2.86 - $10,304
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,696
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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$18,793 - $57,813
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,607

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

  • Fill out, complete, and submit tax returns.
  • Apply deductions and credits according to regulations.
  • Examine receipts, paystubs, and other documentation to fill out financial forms.

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Pay by Experience Level for Tax Preparer

Pay by Experience for a Tax Preparer has a positive trend. An entry-level Tax Preparer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 681 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tax Preparer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 286 salaries. An experienced Tax Preparer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 216 salaries. A Tax Preparer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 130 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

82%

32%

25%

National Average: $29,261

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Tax Preparer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Tax Preparer?

Tax Preparer in Miami Beach:
"Low Pay and Over worked."
Pros: The experience is the only attribute when employed by a Liberty Tax Service franchise.
Cons: Liberty Tax Service under pays their employees. They also find ways to not give employees bonuses which they have rightfully earned. Liberty Tax Service employees are expected to Data Entry, Prepare & close income tax returns. They are also expected to answer phones, maintain office, do marketing and maintain proper customer service while being understaffed.

Tax Preparer in Lake City:
"Stressful But Rewarding."
Pros: Helping others, teaching, the thank you cards from my clients.
Cons: Too may work hours during busy season with little break or time to recoup. Unreliability of staff.

Tax Preparer in Goodyear:
"Good client service."
Pros: Fellow tax preparers, client service.
Cons: Poor employee relations, ridiculous HR structure, lousy pay, management doesn't understand what's going on in the field.

Tax Preparer in New Caney:
"Study, study, study."
Just keep studying, and passing exams.

Tax Preparer in Cincinnati:
"Taxes."
Pros: What I like most about my job is helping clients understand taxes and recommending the best tax solution for them. I like interacting with clients.
Cons: Some Greedy coworkers.

Tax Preparer in Seal Beach:
"Work culture."
Pros: Meeting new people.
Cons: Stress at work, low pay.

Tax Preparer in Middlesboro:
"Seasonal, office compatibility."
Pros: Helping people, conversations regarding their life.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Tax Preparer

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries

▲40%

▲24%

▲6%

National Average
$29,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Tax Preparer Salaries

Intuit QuickBooks
▲53%

▲23%

▲21%

▲8%




National Average
$29,000


Data Entry
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 289 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 6%
no benefits
None: 84%