If you want to hire a tax preparer this year, IRS spokesman Bill Brunson says it’s vital that you get someone who knows what they’re doing. Brunson offers a few tips for selecting a tax preparer:
“Make sure that you go to one that is ethical, who will be around after the filing season in case you get a letter from the IRS in your mailbox,” Brunson says. “Make sure that they’ve gone back to the schoolhouse and learned about the current tax law so they can provide you benefit from it.”
Brunson says you should be concerned if the tax preparer makes big promises without first knowing your situation.
“A good tax preparer is going to ask you a lot of questions and ask you for your receipts and documents,” Brunson says. “A bad preparer will say to you, ‘Hey, I can get you a large refund,’ without running any numbers through the form. Or they might say, ‘I am only going to charge you a percentage of what I can get back for you.’ Those two items are red flags. You don’t want to go to those folks.”
He says there are steps you need to take to protect yourself, no matter who you have do your taxes.
“You never want to sign a blank return. You always want to review your return before you sign it. You are legally responsible for that information reported to the IRS, even though someone else prepared it,” Brunson says.
For more information on filing your taxes, go to www.irs.gov.