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Everywhere you turn it seems there is a someone ready to prepare your taxes. Does having your own tax-preparation kiosk or a custom fit Santa suit really make someone qualified? The IRS has some helpful information we listed below for you to consider before you have your taxes prepared. There are also many so called “discount tax” companies, when all you get is discounted knowledge and expertise? They charge CPA prices without CPA knowledge or service; in many cases our returns even cost less.

With our struggling economy, shrinking budgets and decreasing home values, it is essential to hire a tax professional who KNOWS where to save you money. Our services focus on lowering your tax liability through the utilization of tax incentives, deductions and deferring income. In addition, we offer a variety of accounting and financial services to help you achieve your business goals.
www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Choosing-a-Tax-Professional

 

Choosing 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.

Now, the IRS is setting minimum standards so you can more easily choose a qualified tax professional.

For 2013, anyone can be a paid tax return preparer as long as they have an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). They should sign and enter the PTIN on all returns they prepare.

Beginning in 2014, most paid tax return preparers will need a professional credential. Acceptable credentials will include enrolled agents (EAs), certified public accountants (CPAs), attorneys, and registered tax return preparers (RTRP). RTRP is a new credential, which thousands of people have already earned, that is obtained by passing a minimum competency test on Form 1040 tax preparation and ethics. EAs, CPAs, and attorneys pass higher-level tests to earn their credentials.

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