Tips on Selecting a Tax Preparer

I spent sometime today visiting the IRS website. On the opening page was tips on selecting a tax preparer.

Below are some tips taxpayers can keep in mind when selecting a tax professional:

  • Select an ethical preparer.
  • Ask about service fees.
  • Be sure to use a preparer with a preparer tax identification number (PTIN).
  • Research the preparer’s history.
  • Ask for e-file.
  • Provide tax records.
  • Make sure the preparer is available after the filing due date.
  • Review the tax return and ask questions before signing.
  • Never sign a blank tax return.
  • Preparers must sign the return and include their PTIN as required by law.

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