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Get Dialed In for Busy Season 2020 with These Remote Tax Prep Jobs

Winter is coming, as is Tax Season 2020. The folks at 1-800Accountant don’t want to see tax professionals left out in the cold, not putting their tax preparation skills to good use during busy season. So, the firm is looking to hire between 40 and 50 people nationwide to fill its remote seasonal tax preparer positions.

Who is 1-800Accountant? It’s a fast-growing company and one of the largest virtual accounting firms in the nation, serving more than 40,000 clients. Last year the firm completed approximately 25,000 tax returns and is on pace to do the same amount this year. And the firm’s CEO, Michael Savage, was named one of Glassdoor’s top 50 CEOs in 2018, based on employee approval ratings.

1-800Accountant needs experienced tax accountants to prepare individual and business tax returns starting the first week of January 2020. This isn’t a side hustle; you’ll be expected to have full-time availability, especially during the peak of busy season. But you get to work remotely, so that’s cool.

Starting in January, successful candidates will be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours a week. In February, that bumps up to 40-plus hours a week. And as busy season reaches its crescendo, 40 to 50 hours of tax prep work a week will be expected.

The nice thing is, as long as you put in the hours and get the work done, you can work when you want. Just block off time in your calendar, which will be visible to your supervisor, of when you’re available to knock out tax returns.

Pay is $25 to $30 an hour depending on experience, the folks at 1-800Accountant told us.

Alright, before we get into the nitty-gritty of the job, let’s see if you’re cut out for it. The ideal candidate has:

  • Five years tax/bookkeeping experience or is a CPA or enrolled agent.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in accounting or finance.
  • At least three years experience preparing individual and business tax returns, including the most recent tax season (2019).
  • Experience using such tax software as CCH Axcess Tax and CCH ProSystem fx.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office suite and/or equivalent supporting software. 
  • Working knowledge of general business practices and is able to demonstrate business and financial understanding.
  • Experience working remotely.
  • Proven to protect taxpayer confidentiality.
  • A strong internet connection.

These requirements are a slam dunk for many of you tax geeks. So now that we know a lot of you are qualified, here’s what the job entails:

  • Seasonal position with a minimum 20 hours a week/40-plus hours a week during peak tax season. The position starts on Jan. 7, 2020, and ends in April.
  • Prepare individual (1040) and business tax returns (1120, 1120S, and 1065) and associated schedules and financial statements.
  • Collect and research data; synthesize complex and diverse information.
  • Your clients will primarily be small business owners, based in every state and in nearly every industry; therefore, knowledge of SALT filings and various industry tax treatments is required.
  • You should be comfortable explaining a tax return to a client in layman’s terms, through both written and verbal communication.
  • Keep in constant contact with your clients for data necessary to fulfill compliance and filings.

That’s it in a nutshell. Probably nothing you seasoned tax professionals haven’t done before. And if you’ve met or are close to meeting all your goals, 1-800Accountant would be glad to have you back the next tax season.

Once hired, you’ll be expected to attend one of three online job orientation classes that 1-800Accountant has coming up. That’s when all new hires will learn about the firm’s procedures and platforms. The online orientations will be held on Oct. 29, Nov. 12, and Dec. 5.

So sharpen up those resumes and get at it because Tax Season 2020 waits for no one.

Apply for a 1-800Accountant Remote Seasonal Tax Preparer job by clicking on one of these three links:

Remote Seasonal Tax Preparer, Eastern Time Zone

Remote Seasonal Tax Preparer, Central Time Zone

Remote Seasonal Tax Preparer, Mountain and Pacific Time Zones