Here’s Why Starting a Tax Business is Easier than You Think

A career as a professional tax preparer is likely well within your reach — even if you don’t have a college degree, a ton of spare time, or a huge savings account. Here’s why starting your own tax business is actually easier than you think. Low start up costs Your expenses to get started are relatively minimal, especially compared to startup costs in other industries.…

Professional Tax Preparer Associations to Improve Your Credibility

Since 2015, the IRS has encouraged taxpayers to “select return preparers carefully and seek those with professional credentials or other select qualifications.”  Now more than ever, taxpayers want evidence that their tax preparers are competent and professional. In addition to education and certifications, joining professional tax associations…

Accounting vs Auditing: Exploring the Differences

“Accountant” and “Auditor” are often used interchangeably, but are they really the same thing? An audit is typically performed by a Certified Professional Accountant, or CPA, and audit is taught in all AASCB-accredited accounting programs. So in many ways, you could consider auditing to be a type or sub-field of accounting, but in practice, the two look very…

Local SEO Strategies for Your Tax Business

Of all the strategies you could use to market your tax practice, few can offer better ROI than local search engine optimization. Why? According to Hubspot, “four in five consumers use search engines to find local information,” and 28% of local searches will result in a purchase of some kind. In other words, the majority of your potential clients depend on search…

5 Things Accounting Students Should Know About Becoming a Tax Preparer

Whether you’ve just declared your major or you’re months away from graduating, you have a host of strong career options as an accounting student. One career you should strongly consider is a professional tax preparer. Here’s what you should know. Tax preparation can be a viable, profitable side hustle Many students have the misconception that owning…