Find how to open or start an income tax preparation business, office, practice or service in the United States. For starting or opening your own location, there are a number of things you need to know and steps you need to follow to become a professional income tax preparer. Opening or starting a tax prep office is made easier with 1040TaxBiz. Below is a tax prep business checklist.

 

Federal Income Tax Preparation Business Checklist

1) Solid knowledge of small business and income tax law.
2) Knowledge of how to operate a tax preparation business.
3) Register with the IRS as a tax preparer (Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN))
4) Apply for the IRS Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) to use the e-filing system.
5) Become an Authorized e-file provider with the IRS.
6) Find, install and learn how to use tax preparation software.
7) Obtain the correct bank products to send and receive funds.
8) Get customers.
 

Start Your Own Tax Office with the 1040TaxBiz Tax Preparation Business Plan

The vast majority of tax preparation businesses are operated by one person, and the most difficult part is how to start. 1040TaxBiz has developed a complete tax preparation and IRS e-filing system that you can leverage to open and operate your own tax business this next tax season. You can call it the 1040TaxBiz Tax Preparation Business Plan.

Step 1

Tax training classes and courses. 1040TaxBiz provides tax training to its affiliates. 1040TaxBiz helps you get the skills needed to prepare tax returns for families and businesses with our tax preparation course. Years of experience help us guide you toward success and confidence in operating a tax business year after year.

Step 2

Sales, marketing and business training courses. 1040TaxBiz trains you on how to run the business side of a tax business, including: business ethics, marketing strategies, office management and communications with people in order to generate sales.

Step 3

IRS EFIN, PTIN application, registration and renewal assistance. 1040TaxBiz can assist you through the application, registration and renewal process for the IRS PTIN and EFIN numbers. Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) is an identification number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that all paid income tax return preparers must use on US federal tax return claims for refund and expires at the end of every tax season. Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) is an identification number assigned by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax preparers to become an authorized IRS e-file provider and does not expire.

Related Article: IRS PTIN, EFIN Application, Registration and Renewal

Step 4

Tax preparation software installation, training and support. 1040TaxBiz offers much more than just income tax preparation software. Today's professional tax preparer needs computer hardware, tax software, and even mobile phone applications to run a modern tax preparation business. The company offers an entire suite of technologies to operate a tax business.

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Step 5

Bank products and tax refund solutions. 1040TaxBiz offers a variety of solutions to quickly and easily get a client's tax refund into his / her possession.

Step 6

Proven marketing strategies to help grow your own tax business. 1040TaxBiz has been offering tax preparation services for over 20 years, and has been quite successful at it. The company has the knowledge, experience, contacts and resources to help provide and guide you with marketing solutions that actually work.

Step 7

Provide up to $1200 instant cash advance on IRS income tax return. 1040TaxBiz gives you a competitive edge in the market with our Instant Cash Advance program. For no additional cost you can quickly give your clients cash in their pockets, usually within one to two days. By offering this cash incentive, you can expect a 30% growth in your business.

Step 8

Bilingual client management and support (English, Spanish). 1040TaxBiz provides customer support services throughout the entire year to your clients in either English or Spanish. So while you are on vacation during the summer, 1040TaxBiz is providing solutions for your customers.

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1040TaxBiz Tax Preparation Software

There are so many different types of tax preparation software. It is easy to get confused about which one to use. Where do I buy it? How do I use it? How much does it cost? Who do I talk to if I need something fixed?

The 1040TaxBiz tax preparation software system includes installation, training and support. We offer proven state-of-the-art software and technology, along with professional technical and customer support, to ensure that you can focus on your customers.

Start Your Own Tax Preparation Business From Home

Home Based Tax Preparation BusinessOur Home Based tax preparation program gives you the opportunity to start your own tax business from your own home. This program was designed for someone wanting to prepare taxes from their home office. Packages start as low as $349.

Tax Preparation Business For Sale Near You

1040TaxBiz has a tax preparation business for sale just for you. We have many business offices and locations available this next tax season. 1040TaxBiz can assist with tax office and location negotiations. We can help you find a tax office location near you.

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