How to Become an H&R Block Tax Preparer

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Tax season is a confusing time for most people. With so many forms, deductions and credits, filing a tax return can be overwhelming. This is why paid tax preparation is such a lucrative business. If you are good with numbers and computers, you may want to consider earning some extra cash during tax season as a preparer for H&R Block.

  • Enroll in H&R Block's tax school. Whether you have previous tax training or no experience at all it is a good idea to take a course or two at H&R Block to learn the company's software. Visit the H&R Block website to find an office near you that offers tax training classes. Be aware that enrollment in tax school does not guarantee employment.

  • Apply for a tax preparer position. The best time to apply is in December and January, as this is when most H&R Block offices hire preparers. If you are enrolled in a tax course, ask your instructor to write you a letter of recommendation. Also be sure to update your resume to showcase your newly learned tax preparation skills.

  • Interview with a hiring manager at H&R Block. This is your time show that you are the man (or woman) for the job and get a feel for the company. Make sure to dress professionally, arrive early and ask questions. Don't forget to bring the letter of recommendation from your tax school instructor!

  • Apply for a Preparer Taxpayer Identification Number online at the Internal Revenue Service website if you do not already have one. A PTIN is the number used by the IRS to identify you as the paid tax preparer of a return. Your PTIN or Social Security number must be printed on each return you prepare.

Tips & Warnings

  • The best way to learn tax preparation is to practice. Order extra tax forms from the IRS to practice preparing returns for a variety of tax situations.

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