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Choosing a Tax Preparer - YouTube video text script

HERE’S A TIP FROM THE I-R-S.
 
HI… I’M DAVID WILLIAMS… AND I’M IN CHARGE OF THE I-R-S’ RETURN PREPARER OFFICE. 
    
IF YOU PAY SOMEONE TO DO YOUR TAXES... WE HAVE RULES TO PROTECT YOU FROM UNSCRUPULOUS TAX PREPARERS.
    
BUT TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESS… WE NEED YOUR HELP.
    
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TAX PREPARERS WHO ARE HONEST AND TRUSTWORTHY.
    
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO CHOOSE A REPUTABLE ONE.
    
IF THE TAX PREPARER YOU HIRE REFUSES TO SIGN YOUR TAX RETURN… THAT’S A RED FLAG.
    
JUST WALK AWAY AND TAKE YOUR BUSINESS ELSEWHERE BECAUSE IT’S AGAINST I-R-S REGULATIONS FOR PAID TAX PREPARERS TO FAIL OR TO REFUSE TO SIGN A TAX RETURN.     
    
NOT ONLY MUST THEY SIGN THE TAX RETURN… THEY MUST ALSO INCLUDE THEIR PREPARER TAX IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS
   
AND... IT’S AGAINST THE RULES FOR TAX PREPARERS TO DIRECTLY DEPOSIT YOUR REFUND INTO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS.
    
YOUR REFUND MUST GO INTO YOUR FINANCIAL ACCOUNT... NOT THEIRS OR ANYONE ELSE’S.
    
EACH YEAR… WE SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE HARMED FINANCIALLY BY DISHONEST TAX PREPARERS.
    
SO PLEASE AVOID ANY TAX PREPARER WHO PROMISES A BIGGER TAX REFUND BEFORE EVEN LOOKING AT YOUR RECORDS…WHO WANTS YOU TO SIGN A BLANK OR UNFINISHED RETURN…OR WHO OFFERS TO DEPOSIT YOUR REFUND INTO HIS OR HER BANK ACCOUNT.
        
REMEMBER… IF YOU PAID SOMEONE TO PREPARE YOUR RETURN… THAT PERSON MUST SIGN IT.
    
DON’T LET THEM LEAVE YOU HOLDING THE BAG ALONE BECAUSE YOU ARE ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT’S ON YOUR TAX RETURN.
    
THE I-R-S HAS MANY TIPS ON HOW TO FIND A REPUTABLE TAX PREPARER.
    
JUST GO TO W-W-W-DOT-I-R-S-DOT-GOV.

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