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How do you start a tax business (tax preparation i mean)?

Question: How do you start a tax business (tax preparation i mean)?

(Posted by: atlanta_alpha on 2006-09-07 17:34:10)


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Posted by: cissyit on 2006-09-07, 17:38:21

I have a friend who did taxes for friends because she just loved to do them and educated herself (many years ago). After taking classes at the local H & R Block for tax preperation she continued to do friends taxes but went to work for a local CPA. After learning the ropes she now works out of her home doing taxes not only for friends but companies and (smaller) corporations too. She got her business license and has become an accountant for some of these same corporations. But, she still loves tax time! That’s how she started her business.

  

Posted by: rockEsquirrel on 2006-09-07, 18:29:31

Hitch up with H &R Block or Jackson Hewitt. Get the training, and pay for the franchise.

  

Posted by: mathew on 2006-09-07, 20:49:48

It depends on the state in which you intend to practice. Some states require a license and a bond, others do not. The best way to learn the business if tax preparation is to work for one of the franchises. They all offer tax school but H & R Block or Jackson Hewitt are the better ones. It would be unwise to start with out that type of training and a couple of years of experience with one of those companies. H &R Block has a policy against doing work outside of their office but most do some of that as a means of getting started with a client base. You can purchase tax software and do anything that Block or Hewitt offers. But without the back up and supervision from someone it is very hard to get started.

  

Posted by: TM Express on 2006-09-08, 07:20:45

The best routes to take are to research the process of starting a business as well as the industry you’re interested in. I recommend checking out the SBA, Entrepreneur, The Start Up Journal & Nolo. All 4 are great informational resources for the new/ small business owner. I posted links for you in the source box. Associations may be a good avenue to explore. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you’ll inevitably have as well as many you haven’t anticipated yet. See the source box for some relevant links. Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can about the industry. Here are some book titles that are relevant: Tax Preparation Specific: * Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation: Start & Build a Prosperous Bookkeeping, Tax, & Financial Services Business by Gordon P. Lewis * Starting and Building Your Own Accounting Business, Third Edition by Jack Fox * Getting Started in Tax Consulting by Gary W. Carter * Start & Run a Bookkeeping Business by Angie Mohr Georgia Specific: * How To Start A Business In Georgia (Legal Survival Guides) by Charles T. Robertson, Mark Warda * How to Form a Corporation Llc or Partnership in Georgia by W. Dean Brown There are plenty of free informational resources out there. Check the source box for links to articles. Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!

  

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