Sunday March 24, 2019
IRS Tips on How to Find a Qualified Tax Preparer
As tax-filing season moves into high gear, many taxpayers realize they will need professional assistance to complete their 2017 tax returns. In IR-2018-41 and FS-2018-5, the IRS offered tips on selecting a paid tax preparer.
Last year, taxpayers filed 149 million individual tax returns. Paid tax preparers completed 83 million of the total 149 million returns.
How should you select a qualified tax preparer? The Service offers several specific tips.
Unlimited representation is permitted for licensed attorneys, CPAs and enrolled agents. These professionals complete a bar exam (attorneys), the Uniform CPA Exam (CPAs) or a Special Enrollment Exam (enrolled agents). They also must fulfill continuing education requirements.
You can research tax preparers on www.IRS.gov/chooseataxpro. Taxpayers can look up PTIN holders through the IRS Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers with Credentials and Select Qualifications. You may search by name, zip code or type of credential. Although the IRS provides this list of tax preparers, it does not endorse any specific preparer.
Published March 9, 2018