You can file your taxes yourself, but having a professional to help with tax preparation can make your life a lot easier. Here is what you should look for when searching for a tax preparer.
You should only work with a tax preparer or tax preparation company that is properly certified. This is especially important when preparing your taxes, as you wouldn't want to give an unqualified or even fraudulent individual access to your financial records.
If you want additional confirmation that the preparer is legitimate you can find many online reviews of local services. It is best to use a local preparer if you live in an area that has unique rules or laws.
The other most important thing to consider is when the tax preparer is open for business. Many preparers only operate during tax season, but if your return is more complicated you may need their assistance at a different time of the year. Since many returns are sent in July you should make sure that they are available to answer any questions at that time.
Finally, it is a good idea to go to a tax preparer who has experience working with the type of return you need to file.
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