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by Anna Peña

When you have a specific health problem, you see a specialist, right? "This tax season, look for select specialties in your tax preparer," recommends Pete Sepp, vice president for policy and communications for National Taxpayers Union, Alexandria, Va.

Sepp offers the following tips:


Don't procrastinate.

Look for a preparer long before March or April because competent preparers will be swamped with work in the final month before the tax deadline of April 15.



Rely on references.

 

Family and friends are great resources when you're looking for success and horror stories of their past preparers.



Know your needs.

 

Single or married taxpayers with a simple personal income tax return may benefit from using larger firms that crank these out rather easily. However, if you own a small business or have a complex tax situation, you may benefit from working with a CPA firm that focuses on small business tax matters. Also, if you need to apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) look for a preparer that can also help you apply for an ITIN.

Also, if you qualify based on your annual income, you may be able to rely on free community agencies which may help you to obtain your ITIN and to prepare your tax return. You can call the IRS offices at 1-800-906-9887  to identify a free tax preparation agency near you.


Compare prices.

 

There is not standard price that a tax preparer charges to have your taxes done. The price often varies depending on how complex your taxes are. Ask about fees before having any work done.



Check credentials.

 

Ask about the preparer's credentials in a face-to-face visit ahead of time. A good indicator of a preparer's trustworthiness is being a member of the American Institute of CPAs or the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

Contact your credit union to see what resources or relationships they potentially have with tax preparers.

 

Published 3-4-2013

 

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