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Choose 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. Be sure to check our tips for choosing a tax preparer.


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What kind of tax preparer do I need?


Anyone can be a paid tax return preparer as long as they have an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). However, tax return preparers have differing levels of skills, education and expertise.

Learn about tax preparer credentials and qualifications. Watch Choose a Tax Preparer Wisely.



How can I check a tax preparer's credentials?


Our Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications can help you find preparers in your area who currently hold professional credentials recognized by the IRS, or who hold an Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion. You can also check the professional organizations many tax preparers belong to.


What if I have a complaint about a tax preparer?


The IRS is committed to investigating paid tax return preparers who act improperly.

Make a complaint if you have been financially impacted by a tax return preparer's misconduct or improper tax preparation practices.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 28-Sep-2015

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