What are the roles and responsibilities of a tax practitioner?
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Tax practioners are often mistaken for accountants, which makes sense given that most are trained in accounting and are qualified to answer tax questions and prepare tax returns. Licensing or certification requirements vary by states, but there is generally a legal requirement for tax practitioners to pass an exam and to work under the supervision of a licensed or certified accountant.
The roles and responsibilities of a tax practitioner are dependent upon whether the individual does happen to be a certified public accountant or other licensed tax expert. The principal function of a tax practitioner, though, is to provide tax advice and to prepare tax returns for clients of the firm for whom he or she works. Whether a tax practitioner is a certified public accountant, or an attorney who prepares tax documents for clients, or is a subordinate tax preparer who has not fulfilled the academic and statutory requirements to be a state-certified accountant, they are considered experts on state tax laws.
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