How to Choose the Best Preparer for Your Income Taxes

List: Posted: 03/09/11

Each year, it seems as though all of the laws pertaining to taxes become more convoluted and impossible to understand. If you are filing anything other than a 1040-EZ form, you might need the help of a tax preparer. If you make a mistake on your taxes, it could become a costly problem financially and legally.

 

Having a tax preparer can make things much easier, but you need to use caution when you are choosing someone to help you, even when you have referrals.

When you are looking for help with your taxes, the Internet is a great way to start your search. You will be able to find all of the tax specialists in your area, and you can learn about each of the preparers before you call one. Learn as much as you can about the preparer through their site and other links on the web. If they have a blog or articles on their site, read them to get a better feel for the tax preparer's specialties. You must also check to see if he or she has any complaints lodged against them.

To make sure that the tax preparer is able to file your taxes, they need to have a Preparer Tax Identification Number or PTIN. Check to see that the preparer is working to the letter of the law and has all of the licensing requirements to prepare your taxes.

The cost is also going to be important. You need to make sure that you know what the fees are going to be for your taxes. Check to see what the preparer includes in the cost, and whether you'll be billed separately or if the tax preparer will take his or her charges directly out of your tax refund.

Tax Return Preparation, State & Income Taxes

    We look at your life through tax - and find ways to help. H&R Block is a global consumer tax services provider that prepares one in every seven U.S. tax returns. H&R Block is global leader in tax preparation services - we've prepared more than 700 million tax returns through retail locations and at-home, digital solutions since 1955. And with approximately 12,000 tax offices in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories, military bases and abroad, we're always available to help you file your taxes. Find your local Ashburn tax office and schedule an appointment today.

    • 44110 Ashburn Shopping Plz Unit 198 Ste 198
    • Ashburn, VA 20147
    • (703) 723-9530

      We look at your life through tax - and find ways to help. H&R Block is a global consumer tax services provider that prepares one in every seven U.S. tax returns. H&R Block is global leader in tax preparation services - we've prepared more than 700 million tax returns through retail locations and at-home, digital solutions since 1955. And with approximately 12,000 tax offices in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories, military bases and abroad, we're always available to help you file your taxes. Find your local Broadlands tax office and schedule an appointment today.

      • 43150 Broadlands Ctr Ste 122 Ste 122
      • Broadlands, VA 20148
      • (571) 291-2216

        Blue Ridge Tax, Inc. is a licensed CPA firm in Virginia. The firm provide tax services to individuals and businesses. IRS audit representation service.

        • 42779 Chatelain Cir
        • Ashburn, VA 20148
        • (571) 201-5268
        • 44081 Pipeline Plz Ste 215
        • ASHBURN, VA 20147
        • (703) 723-6388

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