If you need to hire a professional to help file your taxes, here are a few things that you might want to do to be sure that you are getting the best service from a qualified and reputable preparer.
One of the best ways to find a good tax preparer is to ask for referrals from trusted sources.
Check out the reputation of these preparers with social media and consumer resources such as the IRS Preparer Directory and Better Business Bureau.
Ask questions about how long the preparer has been filing taxes, the type of training received, and if they have any accreditations, such as C.P.A., or Enrolled Agent that allow them to represent clients before the IRS.
Ask about office hours, the length of time needed to prepare and file your return, and if they offer service year-round or only during tax season.
Having service available year-round could be important if you run into an issue after tax season.
They have some great information about choosing a tax professional, as well as how to take action if something goes wrong.