Tax Preparer Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 46,198 Tax Preparer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Tax Preparer Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Income Tax Returns, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Tax Preparer Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Tax Preparer CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand tax preparer skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a tax preparer : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Tax Preparer
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 46,198 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a tax preparer job required by employers is 1.1 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average tax preparer job listing asks for 1.1 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average tax preparer candidate have?
The average tax preparer resume contains 5.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your tax preparer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from tax preparer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Corporate Tax Preparer

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Tax Preparer
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Performed research for IRS and NYS tax notices.
  • Train how to do tax returns Help low income families do their tax returns free VITA/TCE certified with 2015 Basic Exam
  • Provided administrative support for CPAs as needed.
  • Analyze and arrange 1099, 940,941 and other forms for multiple organizations as well as filing the forms with the IRS.
  • Researched tax issues and responded to client's tax inquiries and IRS notices.
Tax Assistant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Tax Preparer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Law
  • Called the IRS to find out the status of clients refunds.
  • Total Accounting Office; Intuit QuickBooks software; Intuit Quicken software; Electronic mail software and Microsoft Outlook.
  • Communicated effectively with IRS Agents, several bank staff members, as well as with owners of independently owned businesses.
  • Review of documents: W-2, 1099-G, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-MISC, 1099-SSA, etc.
  • Acted as the liaison between the tax preparers and the IRS.
Tax Preparer

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Tax Preparer
Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's Degree - Business/Commerce
  • Prepared federal and state income tax returns for Partnerships, S Corps, and LLCs.
  • Acted in a mentor type role with several new hires/interns with becoming acclimated to the culture and workplace of Deloitte.
  • Lead the Fortune Magazine's "100 Best" Places to Work application efforts representing life at Deloitte from Dallas' perspective
  • Received the Deloitte Applause Award for exemplary client performance in 2011.
  • Experience in tax provision and compliance in accordance with FAS 109 and FIN 48.
Tax Processor

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Tax Preparer
Master's Degree
Master's Degree - Marketing
  • Prepare Federal and State tax returns and file with IRS and States for clients in the region.
  • Managed appropriate documentation for possible client audits from the IRS.
  • Assisted clients in regarding to IRS guidelines, general inquiries, and tax filing details.
  • Recognized as Rookie of the Year for displaying excellence as a first year tax preparer.
  • Utilized Tax Wise, QuickBooks, and other Tax Programs Following EIC Laws Corrected prior years Income Tax Filing.
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As a tax preparer, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Tax Preparer roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of tax preparer resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Tax Preparer Salary

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How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Tax Preparers. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Tax Preparers to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%