There are several online schools that offer tax preparation courses. These are good if you have a job and need to learn at your own pace. Some have time limits.
Here are some good bits of information about tax prep and what it takes to be a tax preparer.
Once you learn how to do it according to what the IRS expects for your skill in the fild and the specific amount of knowledge that you should have to do the job, you can prepare tax returns for people and give tax advice. The IRS requirement have recently gotten a bit stiffer. Be sure to get the latest updates from the IRS for what is required.
If you prepare tax returns for the money you'll have to sign the return, and provide your Social Security number or your TPIN (tax preparer number).
It's free, but you have to fill out the IRS form W-7P to apply for it..
If you live in California, you have to get a California Tax Preparer License.
You would use a calculator anyway.
Tax preparation is a great job for a physically handicapped or elderly but mentally capable person.
You could take cases that are simple tax returns typical of a single or married couple that have jobs but little in the way of investments and part time businesses.
A great way to get going once you have taken a course is to work for another tax preparer to gain experience and have a good source of advice.
None of this is rocket science and almost anyone who applies can do it. You'll be saving your own tax prep fees, and if you do a few for a normal fee you may pay for the course in the first tax season. The bonus is that you will be better able to find your own tax advantages and opportunities.
A lot of people break out in a nervous sweat and get the shakes when it comes time to file their taxes.
The first time that I tried to file by myself left me with a feeling of confusion because I did not bother to read any information about how to go about it in a fair way, a way that didn't leave me broke and living in a cardboard box in the alley.
I just had at it without reading anything and it was overwhelming. I assure you that after all these years I won't get into a difficult situation like that without any proper info and good forms to file.
Some folks just file as fast as they can to get it over with. They loose out on a bunch of legitimate deductions and allocations that could have saved them a ton of money at tax time.
I would rather be getting a nice tax refund than pay the IRS a lot of money. Pay attention to the details.