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Best place to learn to do Tax Returns?

March 2nd, 2007 at 07:43 pm

Ok. So, I want to learn how to do other people's taxes. Obviously, not for this year. But, I am thinking into the future.
I do not have a degree. I would be willing to do some schooling -- either at night or online.
I am really just looking to use my brain and of course it could be a supplemental income.
Any ideas?

3 Responses to “Best place to learn to do Tax Returns?”

  1. baselle Says:

    I don't know whether this is the best place, but it will give you an idea on whether you like the work and the price is right ... free.

    Check around November - December 2007 to see if you can volunteer to do taxes - VITA program or ask at your local United Way to see if they have an EITC tax volunteer program. You then sign up to do 2-3 hours shifts/week Jan through April. I did this a couple of years ago and I enjoyed it. You get IRS training from an IRS agent and use the IRS software. You won't be doing anything like itemizing, but you'd be surprised at some of the complexity that you'll run across.

  2. monkeymama Says:

    I don't think VITA is your best bet because it is so unique - focuses on low-income issues. They can be quite complex, but not the norm if you want to do this more often. I was just trying to remember back to my VITA days because I had a weird earned income credit issue come up. Ack!

    Anyway, for a side job, H&R block is probably your best bet. You can also become an enrolled agent - have no idea how or what is involved. But you can become a tax preparer without becoming a full-blown CPA. EA would be more full-time endeavor I would imagine.

    Good Luck!

  3. baselle Says:

    monkeymama -So you did VITA also? Agree with you that if you want to develop it as a side job quickly, there are faster ways than VITA/EITC. On the other hand, VITA/EITC will give you a fantastic slice of life (fancy way of saying trial by fire). I think I would gently disagree with you about "not the norm" - there are more poor, computer-illiterate people than rich and many go to H&R Block too. So the earned income credit issues should be more and more common.

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