The average hourly pay for a Tax Preparer with Tax Preparation skills is $13.12.
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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. This job is often seasonal in the U.S., with preparers normally working during the winter months from Decemb…Read more
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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer
The top respondents for the job title Tax Preparer are from the companies H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc and Liberty Tax Services, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc where the average pay is $11.14. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include H&R Block, earning around $11.10. Liberty Tax Services, Inc. pays the lowest at around $9.87. Liberty Group LLC also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $11.00.
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Popular Skills for Tax Preparer
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Skills in Tax Compliance, Accounting, Bookkeeping and Tax Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.
Pay by Experience Level for Tax Preparer
An entry-level Tax Preparer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $11.04 based on 89 salaries. An early career Tax Preparer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $12.18 based on 466 salaries. A mid-career Tax Preparer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.02 based on 237 salaries. An experienced Tax Preparer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.46 based on 203 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $19.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Tax Preparer in their job title in Portland, Oregon earn an average of 62.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Francisco, California (33.4% more) and Chicago, Illinois (6.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (6.9% less), Los Angeles, California (6.9% less) and Houston, Texas (3.8% less).
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