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.
Anyone can be a paid tax return preparer as long as they have an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) and they sign and enter it on all returns they prepare. However, tax return preparers have differing levels of skills, education and expertise.
Choose wisely when selecting a paid tax return preparer. For assistance see:
- Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications -- NEW!
- Which tax preparer is right for me? Explaining enrolled agents, CPAs, attorneys, and others.
- Do some tax return preparers belong to professional organizations?
- IRS tips for choosing a tax preparer.
- Watch a video on choosing a preparer.
- When, and how, do I file a complaint about a tax preparer?