How to start your own tax business

Start today! You can begin your tax training right from the comfort of your own home with instructor support. We are here to help.

The first thing you will need is a solid foundation of tax knowledge. The Income Tax School offers tax courses online, 24/7 with instructor support. So you can get started right away!

After just one 60-hour Comprehensive Tax Course, you will be able to prepare tax returns for most individual U.S. taxpayers.

This tax course can be completed in just weeks! If you want to be able to prepare tax returns for small businesses, then you will also want to take the 30-hour Small Business I Tax Course.

Next, you’ll want to learn the nuts and bolts about starting and running a tax business. Instead of reinventing the wheel, consider purchasing The Income Tax School’s Strategic Planning Retreat Webinars.  These webinars will teach you many of the tax industry best practices., and are based on live Strategic Planning Retreats held in Richmond, VA. Many tax business owners attended these retreats – some just starting out, while others have been in the tax business for years.

Also available are written tax business manuals to compete with the national tax firms. These manuals include:

Tax business start-up checklist

Here’s a small checklist to help you start your home-based tax business…

Tax software options

Choosing professional tax preparation software will depend on what type of tax returns you will be preparing and what you can afford. You can choose anything from a simple pay-per-return package, to a basic tax software package that will enable you to prepare simple returns, to a very advanced tax program that will allow you to prepare all types of tax returns with many bells and whistles.

Here are 4 Low Cost Options for Professional Tax Preparation Software (based on past tax season pricing):

  • Intuit Tax Online Pro- All- Inclusive pricing includes all major returns and forms. With all-inclusive pricing and unparalleled reliability, it is a powerful tax software at a practical price. Covers all States, Federal, extensions and e-file payments. $14.99 per individual return ( 20 to 50 returns), $24.90 per business return (10-20). Includes a Smartphone and tablet companion application and a Client Status Dashboard. Learn More Now
  • TaxWise Pay-Per-Return – For the tax professional who prepares only a few returns during the season. With TaxWise Pay-Per-Return, you gain access to the complete line of TaxWise Federal and State 1040, business and specialty forms as well as secure and efficient e-filing. And with Pay-Per-Return you will receive the same service and support that comes with every TaxWise package. Pricing starts at only $529. (Includes $229 annual license, plus tax preparation and e-filing of 15 tax returns. Cost per return, excluding the license fee is $20 for both federal and state.)
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  • ProSeries Professional Pay-Per-Return- 20 built-in time-saving features like automated data entry of 1099s, W-2s, stock transactions and QuickBooks data reduces tedious manual input. Voted among the easiest to use tax software programs by members of the AICPA and the NATP. helps ensure accuracy of your toughest returns with automated calculations, 1,000+ diagnostics and a final review tool. This package has All the forms, schedules and capabilities of the unlimited version. Software is $229 plus price per return. Best value if doing less than 30 returns.
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  • Drake Pay Per Return- Drake’s Pay Per Return (PPR) version may be attractive to offices that prepare fewer than 85 returns in a year. The PPR package includes 15 returns for just $285. That’s only $19 per return, and you can purchase additional returns within the software at $19 each. You may complete numerous states, electronically file, or amend a return, and it still counts as only one return.
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How to get your first clients

You might be wondering how you will get your first clients. Most people start off by offering their services to friends, family members, and neighbors. This is a great place to start because these people already know you and trust that you will do a good job. From there, you can ask for referrals. Offering an incentive and/or discount to clients who give referrals is a great way to increase your business. Having a special offer for new clients also helps.

Another great way to increase business is to start networking. Get out and about and become known as the “tax expert”. You can join a group like Business Network International (BNI). It will be important for you to continue your tax education so that you stay on top of the tax law changes and can also handle more complicated tax returns/issues.

Offering to write a tax column and answer tax questions are additional ways to get your name out there. You can learn more about how to start and grow your tax business with Tax Practice Management Manuals available through The Income Tax School.

Launch your own tax business in weeks – No franchise fees or royalties

It’s easy to go into business for yourself. The Comprehensive Tax Course with Business Start-Up Guides includes everything below:

Comprehensive Tax Course includes:

Get started today with the Comprehensive Tax Course with Business Start-Up Guides.

  • Learn to prepare tax returns & research tax issues for most Form 1040 individual, non-business taxpayers and small business taxpayers (self-employed/Schedule C).
  • California and Oregon: Approved Qualifying Course Provider for CTEC and Basic Course Sponsor for OBTP
  • Free instructor support via email within 24 hours or less
  • Access to instructor/student forum to discuss course topics, ask questions and get updates
  • Certificate issued upon completion of the Tax Course.
  • FREE 6-hour AFTR Course

Tax Business Start-Up Guides to help you launch your business quickly include:

  1. Guide to Starting a Tax Business and Getting Clients:
    Contents include: Getting Started, Taking the Courses, Starting Your Own Business, Specifics for a Tax Business, How Do You Get Clients? (Includes sample marketing pieces), Bootstrap Marketing Materials You’ll Need, Meeting With Your Client, How to Price Your Services, Continuing Education, Client Retention, Becoming a Bricks and Mortar Business.
  2. Guide to Policies and Procedures for a Tax Business:
    Contents include: Introduction, Company Philosophy, Personnel Policies, Tax Office Policies and Procedures, Tax Preparation Procedures, Processing Tax Returns, Client Folder Setup

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