Tax Time Guide: Select a tax return preparer with care

The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers to choose a tax return preparer with care. Even though the vast majority of tax return preparers provide honest, quality service, some cause great harm through fraud, identity theft and other scams every year.
It’s very important to select the right tax professional. After all, people trust them with their most sensitive personal and financial information. No matter who prepares it, the accuracy of a tax return is ultimately the responsibility of the taxpayer.
More tips to consider:
• Look for a preparer who is available year-round.
• Inquire whether the tax return preparer has a professional credential (enrolled agent,
certified public accountant or attorney), belongs to a professional organization or
attends continuing education classes.
• Understand representation rules. Attorneys, CPAs and enrolled agents can represent any
client before the IRS in any situation
• Never sign a blank or incomplete return.