Tax Accountant: Main Duties and Responsibilities (01:03)
Bret Johnson is a CPA who works with small businesses and individuals.
Tax Accountant: Career Beginnings (00:52)
Johnson took his first accounting class in high school. He went on to start his own business.
Tax Accountant: Keys for Success (01:45)
Having a background in math and strong attention to detail are essential in this industry. Patience is necessary in order to work with government entities. Consistency is important to bookkeeping and accounting work.
Tax Accountant: Education and Certification Requirements (01:58)
Johnson points out that not all accountants have a degree, but there is much to be learned from formal education. A degree is required to become a Certified Public Accountant. Experience is the best teacher
Tax Accountant: Workplace Atmosphere (03:30)
Johnson operates a small firm and extends tax season for his clients because he prefers not to be overworked. Successful tax accountants at mid to large size firms work long hours and are required to travel.
Tax Accountant: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:24)
Johnson notes that it does not matter where your accounting degree is from. He encourages people not to get discouraged; mistakes are inevitable.
Tax Accountant: Day on the Job (02:43)
During tax season, accountants work long hours, but may work shorter hours later in the year. The pace of work also depends on the time of year. He works in an office and does not have to travel.
Tax Accountant: Industry Goals and Services (01:06)
Johnson notes that tax accountants are paid advocates for clients working against the government assertion that taxes are owed.
Tax Accountant: Industry Challenges (01:07)
Taxes accountants would be out of work if the government found another way to collect money from citizens.
Tax Accountant: Looking at the Future (01:39)
Johnson points out that there are more efficient ways to collect taxes and speculates about the different ways it could be done.
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