Tips for Finding a Tax Preparer
It's tax season again.
To help taxpayers, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota has suggested a couple tips to finding a tax preparer this year.
Remember, the IRS says taxpayers are legally responsible for what's on their tax returns - regardless of who prepares them.
Here are a few tips you should know:
- Get referrals from friends and family when searching for a tax preparer, or visit the Better Business Bureau website.
- Be weary of tax preparers who offer big refunds.
- Use a tax preparer with credentials, such as a certified public accountant, a tax attorney, an enrolled agent or a certified E-file provider.
- Ask your preparer for a tax identification number.
- Investigate your preparer's history with your state's accountancy board, bar association, or the IRS.
- Remember that paid tax preparers are required to sign tax returns.
- Find out how to reach your tax preparer after tax season.
- Read your tax preparer's contract carefully.
- Remember you can file your federal taxes for free if your income is $57,000 or less with Free File, available through the IRS.
More advice about professional tax preparers can be found here.