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TAX PREPARERS
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Occupation Description:
 
  Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses. Excludes “Accountants and Auditors” (13-2011).
 
Career Video:
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Answer questions and provide future tax planning to clients.
  • Explain federal and state tax laws to individuals and companies.
  • 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.
  • Use all appropriate adjustments, deductions, and credits to keep clients' taxes to a minimum.
  • Interview clients to obtain additional information on taxable income and deductible expenses and allowances.
  • Review financial records such as income statements and documentation of expenditures to determine forms needed to prepare tax returns.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • 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..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems..
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience..
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • 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..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • 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..
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming..
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology..
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Moderate-term on-the-job training (1 to 12 months)
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $47,305.00 $22.75 $13.20 $13.77 - $29.50
Bridgeport/Stamford $46,101.00 $22.17 $15.77 $17.47 - $27.16
Danbury $48,897.00 $23.51 $15.56 $16.49 - $28.59
Hartford $44,570.00 $21.42 $13.31 $13.33 - $28.44
New Haven $73,168.00 $35.18 $26.62 $28.09 - $40.41
Torrington $67,860.00 $32.63 $25.54 $32.98 - $38.13
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2016 2026
State of Connecticut 1,060 1,170 0.9% 126
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, but the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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