How to Become a Tax Preparer in Texas

How to Become a Tax Preparer in Texas
Earn extra cash working as a tax preparer.

Step 1

Enroll in tax training courses. Many community colleges and tax services offer courses on tax preparation. Classes can last from several days to weeks and are typically offered in day, evening, and weekend hours to fit your schedule. Some places that offer tax training in Texas are Austin Community College and H&R Block. If you are unable to fit classroom time into your schedule, you may choose to learn online in a virtual classroom such as The Income Tax School.

Step 2

Obtain a Preparer Taxpayer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service. There are no licenses or certifications required to become a tax preparer in Texas, but the IRS requires that every paid preparer have a PTIN. This or your Social Security Number must be entered to identify you as the preparer on each return that you prepare. A PTIN can be requested for free by visiting the IRS website.

Step 3

Apply for jobs with tax firms, accountants, local tax preparation businesses, or prepare taxes on your own as a sole proprietor. If you are going to be working on your own, it is a good idea to purchase some type of business insurance to protect you from any potential liability issues. If you are interested in doing volunteer tax preparation, you may consider volunteering to prepare returns through a county-run service.