Choosing a tax preparer
Tax preparers are in one of their busiest weeks of the year
Tax professionals say the weeks after W-2s go out and the days leading up to the April 15th tax deadline are the busiest of the year in their profession.
When searching for help, there are some things to consider.
First, check credentials. Paid professionals are required to have a preparer tax identification number from the Internal Revenue Service.
Also, check for past disciplinary actions or license suspensions.
The State Boards of Accountancy oversees certified public accountants. For attorneys, check with the State Bar Associations.
Avoid preparers who want to put your tax refund into their bank account before transferring it over to you. Also, be wary of anyone who asks for a percentage of refunds as payment.
One Shreveport tax professional says to be wary of businesses that close their doors after Monday, April 15.
"If they're not available to their clients all year long, then it might be an indication that there might have been some scam or something going on," says H&R Block tax professional Donna Nixon-Simpson.
Tax professionals say a lot of people are coming in with questions about the end of payroll tax holiday and issues related to the fiscal cliff.
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