Some Tips On Choosing the Right Tax Preparer This Tax Filing Season
The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) wants to assist Arizonans who decide to hire a professional tax preparer to do their individual income taxes this filing season.
When hiring a tax preparer here are some things to consider:
What kind of formal training does the preparer have and how current is the training?
Where did the preparer receive the training?
What professional licenses or designations does the preparer hold? These include: accredited tax preparer (ATP), accredited tax advisor (ATA), certified public accountant (CPA), enrolled agent (EA) or registered accounting practitioner (RAP).
Does the preparer belong to any professional organizations?
How long has the preparer been doing tax returns?
How much is the tax preparation service going to cost and how are fees calculated? Are there any special fees?
Does the preparer offer e-file services?
Is the preparer available year-round?
Will the preparer represent a client if audited by the IRS or ADOR and are there additional fees for audit representation?
What security measures does the preparer have in place to safeguard clients’ tax records?
State law requires tax professionals who prepare income tax returns follow standards of ethics and conduct.
Any taxpayers who feel they have experienced unprofessional conduct by preparers should immediately contact the ADOR Customer Care Center: (602) 255-3381, or Toll-free: (800) 352-4090.
Check out the Arizona Department of Revenue’s website at www.azdor.gov for additional tax information.