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Locating a tax professional for your tax needs

By Dan Henn

As tax season rolls around you may struggle with finding a tax preparer. Regardless of who prepares your taxes, you have a legal responsibility for whatever info appears on your filed returns. That implies you need a pro who can take the information you provide and enter it exactingly.

In looking out for a tax professional start the old school way. Ask loved ones for referrals or search your local BBB for probabilities. Always seek out a pro that has correct credentials (for example, a CPA). Or you can look to an authorized E-accountant or a tax agent. Even with credentials, it’s wise to check the state board of accountants or IRS to insure that all paperwork is up to date and feasible.

New IRS laws require tax preparers to register with an agency and receive an identification number (PTIN). This is one way that that IRS provides larger oversight for the tax return industry. Note that many times tax preparers are required to continue their education to keep their validation. The additional benefit to this on-going education is that it keeps a tax accountant current with the changes in tax law. Alongside references, a preparer who maintains membership in one or more professional organisations is likelier to have solid skills and information.

While you narrow your vetting process, do not forget to weigh up prices vs. Services. Some accountants have a flat fee for explicit forms, while others charge per form completed. Ensure you are getting the finest value for your investment. You'll find after a few calls that there'll be a mean amount that is common in your area. If someone is charging noticeably more than this – the first question is why? How does that price point equal superior service?

As you are narrowing your search, generally avoid any organisation or person who makes big guarantees of large deductions. For one, such a guarantee sometimes means that the preparer uses ‘gray ‘ areas of tax laws or ‘fluffs ‘ up your paperwork. Since you are responsible for the way in which your information is presented, it's better to have a conservative tax accountant as it decreases the chance of audit in the future.

People who make less than $57,000 a year have the option of filing their taxes for free with the IRS. But if you are uncertain ways to complete the forms, reaching out to a pro makes sense. Confirm when she or he completes your forms that they have been signed and dated by the preparer.

Dan Henn is an accountant who offers tax services and free consultations from his internet site.

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