Choosing a Tax Professional
A tax return preparer is trusted with your most personal information. They know about your marriage, your income, your children and your social security numbers – the details of your financial life.
Most tax return preparers provide outstanding service. However, each year, some taxpayers are hurt financially because they choose the wrong tax return preparer.
For 2013, anyone can be a paid tax return preparer as long as they have an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). They should sign and enter the PTIN on all returns they prepare.
For more information, see:
- Which tax preparer is right for me? Explaining enrolled agents, CPAs, attorneys, and others.
- What are the red flags? IRS tips for choosing a tax preparer.
- When, and how, do I file a complaint about a tax preparer?
- Watch a video on choosing a preparer