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5 Tips On Choosing A Tax Preparer

Tax filing season is right round the corner and it is time to get organized with the paper work and forms. In case you are nervous about filling the tax returns properly or your tax return is complicated you should think about using the services of a qualified tax preparer.

A tax preparer will charge you for filling your tax returns but you are the one who will responsible for the information on the return. So, choose a tax preparer with care. It is in your own interest to choose a qualified and reputed professional. When choosing a tax preparer think about:

  • Whether the tax preparer is contactable after the return is filed. Always ask for contact details as well as references. Be sure to make the effort to check the references thoroughly. Surf the World Wide Web and make a list of questions you must ask the tax preparer before you appoint him or her.

  • Always undertake a background check. Ask around and check with organizations like the Better Business Bureau, the state board of accountancy for CPAs, or the state bar association for attorney.

  • Make a short list of possible tax preparers and determine whether they are just CPAs or experts in taxation. You need a person who has the tax laws at his fingertips. You need to be sure the tax prepare will fill your tax returns inaccordance with your state laws and federal tax rules.

  • Choose a tax preparer that has the right credentials. Find out whether the tax preparer is an enrolled agent, certified public accountant, or tax attorney. Remember only attorneys, CPAs and enrolled agents are qualified to represent you the tax return filer before the IRS should there be any problem like tax audit, collection action, or appeal.

  • Be wise and learn to avoid scams and frauds. Never believe any tax prepare who makes tall claims about getting you more tax refunds than you are due. You must be able to trust the tax preparer with your financial records. So choose one with care.

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    Barry Allen is a freelance writer for Online Tax Firm, the premier website to find tax, return tax, tax software, free tax filing, sales tax, services tax,income tax, property tax and many more.

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