Your tax needs are best served by an enrolled agent. However, no matter who you hire there are certain things to keep in mind.
• Always use a qualified professional to prepare your return.
• Preparers should always sign the returns and include his/her Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs).
• Beware of preparers who encourage you to lie or otherwise modify your information in order to get a bigger refund.
• The taxpayer is responsible for what’s on a tax return. Reputable preparers will ask to see receipts and will ask multiple questions to determine whether expenses, deductions and other items qualify. By doing so, they are trying to help their clients avoid penalties, interest or additional taxes that could result from an IRS examination.