Tax season is officially upon us and it’s important to understand how to choose a responsible and reliable tax return preparer. The IRS has reminded taxpayers that while most tax return preparers provide honest, quality service, some may cause harm through fraud, identity theft, and other scams. Asking the right questions when you are hiring an individual or firm is essential for finding the best fit for your needs.
What To Look For In A Tax Return Preparer
The most important thing to look for when choosing a tax return preparer is if they have a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). All paid preparers must have a PTIN from the IRS so that their preparation of your taxes can be tracked in case of any discrepancies. A red flag should go up if the preparer does not include their PTIN on your tax returns or refuses to sign them. This could mean that they are looking to make money quickly by promising big refunds or charging fees based on the size of the refund. Click here to receive a FREE Tax Estimate from one of our experienced Registered Tax Professionals
The IRS also recommends only using reputable tax professionals who will take responsibility for preparing accurate tax returns by signing them as well as being available throughout the year if there are any questions. Taking these steps can help protect you from becoming a victim of fraud or identity theft due to unethical “ghost” tax return preparers.
In addition, research any potential firms before deciding which one you would like to work with - read reviews online, check out their website, etc - in order to get an understanding of their policies and procedures. You can also ask potential preparers about their experience level in dealing with similar issues that you may be facing this year - like filing taxes after marriage or moving states - so that you know they are qualified enough to handle your situation correctly and accurately.
Now that you know what to look for when choosing a tax return preparer, the only thing left to do is choose one! Supreme Financial Group has a team of Registered Tax Professionals on staff who would be happy to help you with your taxes this season. We have the experience and credentials needed to ensure that your taxes are filed correctly, and we also offer free estimates so that you can get an idea of how much our services will cost before committing. Sign Up Below for you FREE Tax Estimate