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Tax Accountants

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Most employers prefer to hire tax accountants with a bachelor's degree, certification as public accountants, and two or more years of work experience. In addition to strong math skills, tax accountants must have good communication skills. They must listen closely to clients when gathering financial information and be able to share facts and figures with them in ways that they can understand. Tax accountants deal with massive amounts of information and must be organized and detail oriented to accurately review and report data for clients. Analytical skills are essential for reviewing documents, identifying issues, and coming up with solutions. The desire to continually learn is also important in this field as tax accounts must keep up with current federal and state laws and accounting practices and standards.

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