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Tax Pros in High Demand: Insider Tips to Ensure Expert Tax Preparation

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There’s an accountant shortage. Here’s how to vet your tax preparer, according to the IRS


  • SUMMARY

The Internal Revenue Services issued a reminder to taxpayers urging them to choose tax professionals wisely.

Due to a shortage of accountants in the US, finding qualified tax prep help might be more challenging this year.

To ascertain a tax preparer’s credibility, look for a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), ensure they sign and include their PTIN on your return, verify that they’re available year-round, consider tax attorneys or enrolled agents, and check for negative reviews or disciplinary actions.

Seek alternative options like free or paid online filing, volunteer assistance programs, or filing later in the year if unable to find a suitable tax professional.


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    “The CPA designation is a very important standard”

    “There’s an accountant shortage in the U.S., so finding qualified tax prep help may be trickier this year.”

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    “There’s an accountant shortage in the U.S., so consumers may find it a  little trickier to secure a tax preparer.”

    “‘Another reason to choose a tax preparer carefully is because taxpayers are ultimately legally responsible for all the information on their income tax return, regardless of who prepares it,’ according to the IRS.”

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