As workers receive their W-2 forms, many will immediately begin the process of preparing their taxes. For some, that will include searching for a qualified tax preparer.
According to the Better Business Bureau, it is important to remember that when it comes to finding someone to help make the burden of tax preparation a little easier, one size does not fit all. In fact, the consequences of filing your taxes the wrong way could result in hefty fines, or worse -- identity theft.
The Internal Revenue Service says that more than 155 million individual returns are expected to be filed this year. Before hiring anyone to do you taxes, keep in mind that you should:
For those who may want to use something other than a professional tax preparer, the BBB suggests searching for free tax programs available to those who meet an income requirement. Also, if you plan to file yourself, use tax software or an app that provides both excellent data security and good customer service. Some of the top names in tax prep software are BBB Accredited Businesses.
One other note, this year's tax filing deadline is April 17th, giving you two extra days to complete your returns.
Got a question for the BBB? Contact Regional Director Kelly Trevino at email@example.com.
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