Like anybody, you want to get your tax issue resolved
quickly. For that, you are looking to hire a tax service. Till now, you are
safe. The moment you step out into the market and begin to look around for the
right tax help, you are in danger.
You and I know about tax scams. It’s in the papers. And it
is only after the fraudulent tax services are in the papers that we get to know
about them. But if you are looking to hire a tax service, you need to stay away
from scammers who are yet not busted.
Before Hiring a Tax
If you are planning to hire a tax preparer, tax attorney or
enrolled agent, it would be good to keep these points in mind.
- Your tax preparer must have a Preparer Tax
Identification Number (PTIN). All tax preparers, attorneys and enrolled agents
must have a PTIN. If they don’t, you know they are not authentic.
- CPAs, attorneys and enrolled agents who are in
practicing and have good standing with their licensing agency only need to
renew their PTIN every year.
- Every tax preparer must need to pass the
Registered Tax Return Preparer competency test.
- All tax preparers must take continuing education
PTIN is granted to tax lawyers and tax preparers after
conducting a background check to ensure they meet the requirements that are
essential for practice. The IRS routinely conducts background checks even after
tax preparers and tax lawyer have been granted PTIN.
You may conduct online research to ensure that tax help you
are looking to hire is authentic or not. Instead of relying on the posts on
consumer boards that have no authentication system in place, it is better to gather
facts from sources that are reputed and genuine.
Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission have
websites where they rate and review tax resolution companies, and share
information about consumer complaints against businesses in the tax industry.
You may trust that information.
Make sure you check facts from different sources and
double-check them. If hiring the services of a tax resolution company, the free
consultation that most tax resolution services provide can be the litmus test.
You can judge the competency of a service by learning about the qualifications
of their staff, their success rate, history and policies regarding payment.
If you are careful and act smart right from the start, you
can beat all those scammers and do business with the right tax services. Not
falling into the trap of scammers is a good way to cut down their business too.