Choosing The Right Tax Professional

Before you file, read these last-minute tips

Hockenberry says. “Clients should always ask the preparer how they structure their fees and how much it will cost to have the return prepared.”

Educate yourself. You can learn more about the process by reading books such as Taxes 2008 for Dummies (For Dummies; $16.99). Also, visit the IRS’ Website (www.irs.gov) and search for the article entitled, “Tips for Choosing a Tax Preparer.”

It’s Time To Dump Your Tax Pro If He Or She…

  • refuses to sign your tax return
  • bases his or her fee on a percentage of your refund
  • refuses to answer your questions or is evasive
  • asks you to sign a blank return or asks you to sign in pencil

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