Tax Preparer Certificate

Earning a Tax Preparer certificate results in a variety of career options, depending on the state you work in and your level of education.

What can a Tax Preparer certificate do for me?

The answer depends on your current level of training. If you’re in the initial stages of changing careers, or beginning a career in accounting or taxes, a certificate can be the ticket to your first job. If you’re already an experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA), then this credential can earn you a pay raise or work as a marketing tool when attracting clients.


Your Tax Preparer training options vary by program and by state. While some curriculums target Certified Accountants, other certificates are aimed at people seeking entry-level jobs.

In general, classes cover a range of tax laws, ethics, and basic accounting skills. You’ll also learn how to use computerized bookkeeping software programs. When you’re done, you’ll be able to complete 1040-EZ and a basic 1040 individual form, including required schedules. In addition, you’ll be able to electronically file the claim.

Tax Preparer classes are typically set up to support continuing education. So, you can start with a basic Tax Preparer certificate and land your first job. Then you can continue on to earn other certificates or an accounting degree.

Next Step

There are several levels of certificates available. For example, following your basic certificate, you can continue your studies and earn a Tax Preparer II certificate. Take a series of additional classes and you’ll soon hold an accounting certificate.

At each level of schooling, you’ll need to pass certification with the IRS. Again, there are different levels of knowledge and experience required for each certification. Examples include basic, intermediate, and advanced certification exams. Visit for more specific certification requirements.

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