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Choosing the Right Tax Accountant

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Choosing the Right Tax Accountant

Even if you don’t own your own business, it can still be worthwhile to hire a tax accountant to handle your tax returns and tax related business. There are some important facts you should focus in when hiring a prospective tax accountant; however, to make sure you find the right accountant for you.

First, it is important to understand what a tax accountant can do for you in order to understand what to look for in the right tax accountant.

One of the most important advantages for many consumers in hiring a tax accountant is to reduce the time spent on preparing tax returns as well as the confusion and stress often related to tax preparation.

Hiring a tax accountant can also provide you some peace of mind in knowing that your tax return has been prepared in an accurate and professional manner.

In addition, if your tax situation is particularly involved and complex, a tax accountant can provide tips and advice about your particular situation which could result in tax savings. Along the same lines, if you are facing a problem related to your taxes such as owing back taxes or if you are being audited by the IRS, a tax accountant can provide advice on that situation.

The first step in locating a tax accountant is determining which areas of expertise you may need help with and then searching for accountants that specialize in those areas.

Always be aware of any tax accountant who makes promises or guarantees that common sense tells you they cannot back up; including large refunds or claims they can help you deduct almost anything. Keep in mind that you are the one who will be responsible for the information that is presented on your tax refund-not the accountant; therefore, it is important to make sure you are dealing with an ethical and honest accountant.

It is also important to understand a bit about the different types of tax accountants in order to choose the right one for you. Enrolled agents are professionals who must back a test and background check that is administered by the IRS. Enrolled agents typically specialize in certain tax issues. If you have a complex situation, an enrolled agent can be a good choice.

Certified Public Accountants, or CPAs, are actual accountants who have passed the CPA exam. They are also licensed. Generally, CPAs will specialize.

If you have questions about actual tax law, a tax attorney may also be a good choice. In addition to their education in law, a tax attorney will also have a law degree in actual taxation. They can be beneficial in issues such as the preparation of estate tax returns.

When shopping around for tax accountants, don’t be afraid to compare services offered to be sure you have found the right one for you. Ask questions to uncover which accountant offers the right services. These questions include:

What designations do you hold? What licenses do you have?
How much experience do you have?
Which tax issues do you specialize in?
What are your fees?
Do you outsource your work? If so, how is the work reviewed?
How long will it take to complete my tax returns?
Do you have a privacy policy? How can I be sure you won’t share my private information with others?

Taking the time to understand your needs and what a tax accountant can assist you with is a good way to start the process of locating the right accountant for your personal tax refund preparations.

The purpose of this article is to provide general information on tax matters. It suggests general tax tips that may be appropriate in certain situations. The information and opinions are generalizations and may not apply to all taxpayers. It is important that you seek appropriate professional advice before implementing any of the tax ideas suggested.