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Individual Tax Test


Individual Tax Test for Hiring

The Individual Tax Test is designed for testing candidates who are preparing individual tax returns (1040's and Schedules) who are working at Enrolled Agent level and below. The test assesses knowledge of the preparation of individual tax returns and calculations, including income and deductions using practical examples from questions dealt with by real tax preparers - not textbook questions!  

Different competency levels assessed within the test determine the range of abilities and value the candidate can add to the tax preparation team.

Job titles this test is applicable for would include Tax Associate, Tax Accountant, Tax Preparer or Tax Manager

This test has annually updated questions to reflect current taxation rules.  

This test covers four core individual / personal tax areas:

  • Income - Gains & Losses for Ordinary & Capital income
  • Deductions, Credit and Basis in assets
  • Tax return requirements and calculations
  • How tax is applies to different sorts of taxpayers

Gain insight into a candidate's skills and knowledge levels in each of these four activities, as well as an assessment of their competency level in each activity. You will also be able to identify a candidate's performance in the activities most relevant to the vacant role.

Sample Candidate Report - Click Here

Example Individual Tax Test Questions - Click Here

  • Time to complete: 30 minutes
  • Number of questions: 40
  • Question Levels: Basic = 14, Intermediate = 16, Advanced = 10
  • Questions per topic: How is Tax Levied = 8, Deductions, Credits, and Acquisitions = 12, Income Gains and Losses = 12, Returns, Calculations, and Basis = 8
  • Each test purchased allows you to test one candidate

When your candidate has completed the test you can use this Interpretation Video to help understand more about their test report.

Want to know more about your candidate?  Have a look at our Personality Profile.  You can easily add to your Accountests purchase - Individual Tax test + Personality profile $475.

Use the 'Additional Testing Options' menu on the top right of this page to select the bundle you need.  All tests are delivered immediately to your inbox. 

Not sure which test is right for your candidate? Find out with our Which Test Table here

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Founder, Brunner Accounting Group

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