How to Find a Tax Preparer

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In order to find a tax preparer, it's important to look for someone who is licensed, such as a certified public accountant or an enrolled agent. Learn about checking commercial tax services with help from a certified public accountant in this free video on tax preparers.

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How to find a tax preparer. Remember, the tax consultants are an unlicensed profession. And today they're trying to make it licensed. However, I would always look for the licenses: certified public accountants, an enrolled agent, or even a tax attorney. Depends upon the complexity of the issue. Know, again, understanding what your tax situation is to who do you want to go to. There are many commercial tax services, but again, they do not necessarily have to be licensed. Find how long they've been in business, how much continuing education or what their educational background is, find out what their fee structures are. Remember, if you are preparing, you're the still the one that has to sign that tax return. So be careful. Find out, ask your friends. Ask your friends who they go to, are they happy with them? Are they there more than the three months of tax season? Are they there year round, do they go to school? Do they help with IRS audits? Do they help if you do get a letter and have a problem? Remember, you want to have the best that you can have for a fair fee. And that's what it is. Get a licensed person who's been around awhile, and has an office. You can tell that you feel very comfortable with. Remember, you're disclosing some very personal information; feel comfortable. And remember. If they say that they do not feel comfortable working with you, or they, they are interviewing you at the same time you are interviewing them. Remember, it is choice by both of you because you are filing and getting a very intimate relationship in your income tax return.


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