Even if a professional is preparing your returns, it's important to note that ultimately, you're the one responsible of your Tax Returns. If your Tax Preparer makes a fatal error, you take the blame. Be very cautious when you choose a Tax Preparer. Here's more tips to help you choose the right one.
1. Check for testimonials and ask for Recommendations
Real Client Testimonials are a good sign that a company or individual you choose to work with is legitimate. Check out the company website and look for testimonials. Additionally, ask friends and family about who they worked with to prepare their taxes. Good word of mouth goes a long way.
2. Check their Qualifications
You need to make sure you work with a qualified, knowledgeable Tax Preparer. Ask about their experience, certifications, and qualifications. Don't be shy to ask about their experience and track record for success.
3. Through thick and thin, Ask about Audits in Advance
You want your Tax Preparers support in the unlikely event of an Audit. Even if taxes are filed properly, an Audit could occur. You want to make sure your Tax Preparer will be available if you need help during an Audit. Ask if your preparer has Audit experience, but watch out if they have an ample amount of Audit experience!
4. Make sure they'll sign your return.
The law actually requires Tax Preparers to sign and date the return with an identifiying number. If they refuse, they have something to hide. Do not work with Tax Preparers that refuse to sign your return.
5. Check the Better Business Bureau
If you choose to work with a Tax Company, check the Better Business Bureau Rating for this company at bbb.org. You want to work with a BBB Accredited Business with an A Rating or higher.
Do your research and pick carefully if you choose to work with a Tax Preparer. A little caution and preparation will prevent Tax Debt issues in the long run.