How to Avoid Tax Season Scams with These Simple Tips
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How to Avoid Tax Season Scams with These Simple Tips

Avoid tax season scams with these few simple tips. Be very careful about the selection of your tax preparer and ask as many questions as possible

Tax Season is in full swing and there are many, many tax scams out there. The tax scam to tax preparer ratio is very high, almost exuberant. I'm not going to tell you that finding a good, honest tax preparer is going to easy. But what I am going to tell you is that it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Tax Preparers make more money in the first quarter of the year than most make all year long. It almost goes without saying that this fact in the industry makes the market more prone to scam artists. It's not a bad idea to think about what tax preparer you will use for the oncoming tax season, in fact, at least 3 months prior to filing season would be appropriate.

Before selecting a tax preparer, you want to be sure you are entrusting a seasoned tax preparer, someone who's been doing taxes for a while. You don't need some fly by night tax operation; this only throws out a big red flag. Research your tax preparer, find out if they are really qualified, learn a little about their educational background and most importantly, are they an authorized provider. Many tax preparers claim to be authorized, but be sure they are by checking the IRS.gov website by typing Authorized Providers into the search query. If that particular individual or firm isn't authorized, then you may need to entrust another with tax preparation.

It's a great idea to do this search query beforehand, you should be able to type your zip into the Authorized Provider locator and find an Authorized Provider for your area. When all else fail, if you just can't trust anyone, then you can use a great software like Turbo Tax or H and R Block, they are both easy to use, easy to navigate. You can watch a great tutorial on YouTube for Turbo Tax; it gives you step by step instructions on the usage of the software.

Let's be careful out there people, just like you want your money, tax preparers want your money to. Don't get in such a great big hurry, take the time to research and learn. Let's face this fact also, tax preparers are in the industry for one reason only and that's to make money. The tax industry is a very lucrative industry with billions of dollars taken in and going out on a yearly basis. We have to be mindful of who we entrust to prepare our taxes. Another thing is, never go for that drop off tactic that some tax offices offer. Never just leave your taxes to be prepared. It only takes a few minutes in the first place to manipulate figures, make sure you are present when you get your taxes prepared.

Ask questions, read figures, watch while they type, and act just as intelligent as they are. It is your right as a taxpayer and client to inquire about all you need to know about your taxes. "This may make your tax preparer uncomfortable you say." Well if he or she can't answer questions about your return, why would you want that tax preparer doing your taxes?

You should do this also beforehand; make a list of questions you need to ask and questions you need answers to. If you have selected the correct tax preparer, he or she should be able to answer all your inquiries. This method will only prove to save you time. One of the worst scenarios is having your taxes prepared, only to get back home and remember what you needed to ask when you were there. In short, be prepared, it will only save you time and most of all money. You don't have to be a novice but you do need to be prepared.

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