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Become a Tax Preparer

Should a New Tax Preparer Ever Do Taxes for Free?

By Tim Frye

The question of whether a professional tax preparer should ever do taxes for free may seem absurd to some people. Of course you shouldn't, you didn't become a tax preparer for your health, you want to be paid for your work, this is only natural.

There are, however, times when doing a tax return for free can springboard your client base forward and give you a venerable reputation around your neighborhood. In this article, we will give you a few tips on doing a tax return for free as a beginning tax preparer.

Do Taxes for Free?

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The Human Side of Tax Preparation

One thing that you can never forget when you are a tax preparer is the human side of tax preparation. When you are dealing with the public regarding issues of taxation, you are bound to encounter a wide variety of broke people. This is a funny video on that topic, to lighten the mood:

Many people are stressed out, overtired, and out of money by the time they come to do their taxes with you. How can you cheer them up?

It Is NOT Too Late to Become a Tax Preparer

Christmas is almost here and that means tax season is almost here. And that means that if you are looking to become a professional tax preparer and be able to do taxes for pay in 2012, you better get on the train! The good news though is that it is NOT too late to become a professional tax preparer and work doing taxes in 2012.

In fact, thanks to All Online Pronto Tax Class, you can become a professional tax preparer in 60 hours or less. We have had students who have completed our course in as little as three days. Keep reading to learn more about why, with Pronto Tax Class, it's not even close to too late to become a tax preparer for this upcoming tax season.

Not Too Late to Become a Tax Preparer

Families Helping Families Do Taxes

One thing you don't want to underestimate if you are going to become a tax preparer is that families--and the concept of family itself--are an integral part of the tax preparation business. Think about it: you, as a tax peparer, are seeking to support your family by helping other families comply with their tax reporting obligations to best advantage. In addition, the relationships that you develop with your clients can be tremendous and in some cases resemble the affection and respect that beloved family members share.

What's more, the tax preparation business makes a great family business in terms of a family getting together, everyone pitching in, and creating a business helping other families do taxes. We have seen much of this family dynamic at our 20 hour CTEC tax update course at RenewCTEC.com and also here at ProntoTaxClass.com. Many people take our courses "in tandem" with a family member, a spouse, or a very close friend. This gets us to thinking:

Why is the tax preparation business a business that inspires family members to work together?

Brotherhood at Sunset

Free Income Tax Courses Aren't Free

If you're looking to become a tax preparer and don't have much money to invest, it is only natural to search for free income tax courses. However, it's important to realize that most income tax classes being advertised as free are, well, not free.

Liberty Tax Service® is the biggest purveyor of free income tax course bait-and-switch. This whole year, they have been advertising their Liberty Tax School as "free" but with a "minimal charge for books." The minimal charge is around $200. Do you consider that a minimal charge? We don't.

Not when you can buy Pronto Tax Class for $137.

Another unfortunate habit that Liberty Tax School® has adopted is posting their tax course on job boards as if the course is a job, when in reality it's a course. Here is an example of that: http://msn.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Jobs/JobDetails.aspx?job_did=J8C17K72QRYL70J535B

In this economic environment, it doesn't seem right to advertise a job unless you really do have a job to offer.

This is not meant to pick on or attack Liberty Tax Service in any way. Other tax courses advertise in the same misleading way.

Just mentioning these facts so that people who want to become tax preparers can realize that not everything that is said to be free is actually free...and of those things that are actually free, in many of those instances you are getting what you pay for: that is, nothing.




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