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Hiring Seasonal Tax Preparation Staffers
By James Stork, Senior Vice President at Drake Software
This paper is a primer on how to find, appraise, and hire seasonal staffers, with information on how these workers are covered under the law and the Affordable Care Act.
No one knows how many seasonal tax preparation staffers are hired each year in the United States, but the number easily can be counted in the hundreds of thousands. Research firm
Of these, FranchiseHelp.Com estimates that nearly 40 thousand are franchises of one of the four major national tax preparation brands. Based on the number of seasonal employees reportedly hired (or planning to be hired for 2014), we can easily surmise that this tax season will see the hiring of more than 500,000 staffers.
Hiring these staff members would be relatively easy if the best ones returned each year, or if they were all hired to do the same tasks. But this is not the case. Seasonal staffers take tax work for a variety of reasons – to supplement their regular jobs, to supplement retirement income, or to help pay for college. Each seasonal worker has different work and salary needs; each may need to start or stop taking seasonal work in any year.
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