Tax Preparer

Career Area: Finance

Occupation Group: Accounting Support


Percentile wages tell how much a certain percentage of an overall population in a geographic area or within a given industry or field makes. The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall.

An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Tax Preparer earns the following wages (national and state):


The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $43,444

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.


The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $45,509

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Prepares tax returns for individuals or small businesses, with certification as required by the Internal Revenue Service. Provides knowledge and experience with tax law, accounting and software.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

North Carolina1000+14.4%


A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Tax Preparer is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Bilingual: Fluency of two different languages.
  • Computer Literacy: The ability to use computers and related technology efficiently for work tasks.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Spanish: Spanish (; espaol ), also called Castilian (, castellano ), is a Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers around the world.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Tax Preparation: Working experience preparing tax returns, often income tax returns, often for a person other than the taxpayer.
  • Tax Returns: Working experience with reports filed by a revenue service or tax collection agency containing information used to calculate income tax or other taxes.
  • Customer Service: Working experience with the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase.
  • Tax Law: Tax law is an area of legal study dealing with the constitutional, common-law, statutory, tax treaty, and regulatory rules that constitute the law applicable to taxation.
  • Customer Contact: Experience working with business processes and technologies that are designed to engage customers and facilitate communication by a variety of channels.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Tax Preparer that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Quickbooks: QuickBooks is an accounting software package developed and marketed by Intuit.
  • Tax and Financial Document Review:
  • Individual Tax Returns: The type of tax return filed by an individual. Both single and married taxpayers, with and without dependents, file this type of return.


This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years54%
3 to 5 years41%
6 to 8 years2%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Tax Preparer
  • Tax Professional & Preparer Or Credentialed Tax Expert Seasonal Remote
  • First Tax Professional
  • Tax Professional
  • Virtual Tax Preparer

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