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March 24, 2011

Picking the Right Tax Preparer

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ANNOUNCER: WITH THE APRIL 18TH TAX DEADLINE LOOMING, THE NATION’S LARGEST LAWYERS ORGANIZATION HAS SOME TIPS ON FINDING A TAX PREPARER.  THE _ SAYS THAT WHILE MOST ARE HONEST AND REPUTABLE, NOT ALL TAX PREPARERS ARE AFFILIATED WITH PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT FOLLOW STRICT STANDARDS.  CHARLIE EGERTON, CHAIR OF THE ABA SECTION OF TAXATION OFFERS THIS ADVICE:   

CHARLIE EGERTON:  ”The most important thing to remember is:  Your tax return is YOUR responsibility—regardless of who prepares it.  Make sure you hire someone who is reputable and has the proper credentials.  Avoid preparers who promise refunds; they can’t know your tax situation until they do the work. Know what the charges will be before the work begins. Ask if the amount covers any assistance you may need if the IRS questions your return.  Make sure the preparer signs your return, includes a Preparer Tax Identification Number and gives you a copy.  NEVER sign a blank return.  And make sure the person is available AFTER the return is filed in case you need additional help.”

ANNOUNCER: EGERTON AND THE ABA STRESS THAT ERRORS ON THE RETURN ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY – NOT THE PREPARER’S – AND COULD RESULT IN ADDITIONAL TAXES, INTEREST AND POSSIBLY EVEN PENALTIES.  THIS IS JOHN DRIDEN.

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