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What to look for when choosing a tax pro

Published On: Jan 17 2012 04:03:58 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 05 2014 09:50:03 AM CST
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For many people, the older they get, the more complicated their lives become financially, and the more difficult it is to accurately prepare their own tax returns.

And when it comes to tax preparation, that might mean you need the help of a tax return specialist.

When shopping around for help, you should probably try to avoid choosing someone who promises that they can get you a larger refund. And stay away from someone who guarantees results, or bases their fees on a percentage of the refund given to you.

If you get audited, remember that only an enrolled agent, a tax law specialist or a certified public accountant or tax attorney can represent you before the IRS.

You can check with your local Better Business Bureau or the state bar association to see whether or not a tax professional has a bad track record.