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Your Taxing Seasonal Job Search Just Got Easier

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Nov 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Search Tips, Candidate, Accounting and Finance

Do you work in the seasonal tax industry? As a tax filer and accountant, you know just how busy this time of year gets. You also know how stressful it becomes. From clients dropping off tax documents at the last minute to the sheer number of potentially complex accounts coming in, there's always something to work on up through (and often past) tax filing day. However, tax season just got a bit easier. With a handful of new tools, filing dates, and services at your disposal, you can slash the stress and boost your productivity without much of an issue at all. 

Newcomer To the Industry?

Perhaps you're new to the idea of seasonal tax jobs. At ICS we can help connect you with the right tax preparation company. Typically, these positions begin to fill up right around the first of the year and continue on through April 15th. If you are an accountant by trade and have the right certifications and credentials, it is a great way to bring in some extra money. 

Working the seasonal job is also a great entry into the tax preparation company's fold, as the business likely provides year-round financial services. Whatever you're interested in, if you're able to be flexible with your current line of work and have the ability to work days, or even nights or weekends, you will find a tax service provider that can work with your schedule. 

Naturally, the more flexible you are, the easier it is to connect you with a tax preparation company. 

The Kinds of Jobs to Consider

If you're interested in this kind of seasonal job, there are a number of tax positions you might qualify for at this time. This includes everything from working for an online business to the IRS. 

First, the Internal Revenue Service does hire temp employees during tax season. Some of these positions are not tax or accounting related. With the volume of mail coming in, you can take on a general position helping with filing and organization. It's best to connect with the IRS website to look for employment opportunities. It will also be easier if you live near one of the processing centers, as these locations will look to hire on the most individuals. 

If you want to put your accounting skills to work, there are an assortment of tax jobs available. Companies like Intuit (the creator of TurboTax) hires on both location-based and remote individuals during this time of the year. If you are familiar with the programming and are up to date on the latest tax changes, you can work as a tax advisor. This position helps individuals using the software, so if you are technologically savvy, you may want to consider these positions. 

You can also apply to local tax firms. Smaller firms may want actual accountants to work full-time during the season. Other companies may want a data transcriber or clerk. In these instances, you may not need a financial background but instead just have experience with a computer system. In some instances, there are offices that want bookkeepers, administrative professionals and tech professionals who can maintain the seasonal database. In these instances, you can find work regardless of your background. 

What Kind of Background Is Necessary

The kind of background you need depends on where you want to apply for a seasonal job. Your job search doesn't need to be difficult though. At ICS we can help identify the right positions based on your financial background. Additionally, by knowing what kind of qualifications you need, you can focus on obtaining some of these qualifications during the offseason. This way, next year you'll have the needed certifications to work in certain fields and companies. 

If you're interested in a position at a tax office, you'll likely need to have at least a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. Other locations will require you to have a set number of years of previous tax preparation experience. If you don't have this experience, you should consider going after your CPA and working as a seasonal tax professional as you build up this experience. 

If you are interested in working in the field but don't have the education or financial background don't worry, there are some companies that will still hire you. In fact, companies like H&R Block will offer you tax courses during the off season. These courses will finish up prior to the beginning of January, so you're certified and ready to go when tax season hits. 

When you take a company like H&R Block up on the provided income tax courses it doesn't guarantee you'll land a job. However, at the very least you'll have the certification in your back pocket, which makes it possible to go and obtain a job somewhere else. 

Helping You Land The Right Tax Seasonal Job

If you're new to the world of tax seasonal jobs, you may have no clue where to begin. This is where ICS comes in to help. We're here to go over your current resume and financial background. From there we'll offer suggestions on improving your resume and help point you in the right direction of possible businesses to apply for. From working at the IRS to working for a large tax corporation, there are plenty of available jobs when it comes to seasonal tax work. 

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