BBB Shares Tips for Filing Your Tax Return


      For those who still need to prepare their taxes, theBBB has some important tips to consider before proceeding:

      • Taxpayers are legally responsible for their taxreturns even if prepared by someone else. So it is important to choosecarefully when hiring an individual or firm to prepare your return.
      • New regulations require all paid tax returnpreparers to have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN).
      • The IRS advises only using tax specialists, who signthe returns they prepare and enter their PTINs.
      • Check credentials –- Is the preparer a CPA, a taxlawyer or an enrolled agent? Will the preparer sign your return andprovide you with a copy?
      • Check accessibility –- You may need to contactyour preparer after the tax season is over. Will they be available?
      • Be wary of promises –- Until the preparer knowsyour situation, there is no way to know whether you'll get a refund or how bigit will be.
      • Know what the service will cost –- Does the feecover changes to your return? Will it increase if you have a complicatedreturn?
      • Ask if the preparer will represent you in case of anaudit.
      • Make sure your refund that is due is sentdirectly to you or deposited into an account in your name.
      • Review the return before signing it. Neversign a blank return. Make sure you receive a copy of the return for yourown records, and make sure the paid preparer signs the return.

      For more tips, go to www.bbb.orgor call the BBB's toll free number, 800-649-6814.