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Tips from the Internal Revenue Service and the State of California Franchise Tax Board On “How to choose a Tax Professional “

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Make Informed Decisions

Before you select a tax preparer or tax preparation services:

  • Check the tax preparer’s credentials to ensure the tax preparer meets your specific needs.
  • Review the tax preparer’s history with these various licensing authorities:
    • California Board of Accountancy for certified public accountants (CPAs) and public accountants (PAs).
    • California Tax Education Council (CTEC) for CTEC-registered tax preparers (CRTPs).
    • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Return Preparer Office of Enrollment for enrolled agents (EAs).
    • The State Bar of California for attorneys.
  • Determine who will prepare your tax return before you contract for the service. Avoid tax preparers who delegate work to someone with less experience or knowledge.
  • Ask if the tax preparer has a professional organization affiliation. The organization should provide or require its members to obtain continuing education and require them to adhere to an ethics code.
  • Avoid tax preparers who guarantee a larger refund than other tax preparers. Given the same information, any qualified tax preparer should arrive at similar numbers.
  • Select a tax preparer who can assist you if the IRS or the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) contact you or audit your tax return.
  • Understand your tax return. A good tax preparer should clearly answer any questions about your tax return.
  • Review all information before you sign your tax return: name, address, social security numbers, or other tax identification numbers.
  • e-file and request a direct deposit refund. You generally receive your refund within 10 days.
  • Understand the fees and interest rates tax preparers may charge on Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs).

Preparer Tax Identification Number Requirement:

All paid tax return preparers are required to obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the IRS and renew it annually.

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Avoid a tax preparer who:

  • Does not provide you a copy of your tax return.
  • Does not exercise due diligence in tax return preparation.
  • Charges unconscionable tax return preparation fees.
  • Asks you to sign a blank tax return, or sign a tax return in pencil.
  • Does not provide a PTIN on your tax return.
  • Refuses to sign your tax return or complete the required tax preparer information.
  • Is not properly registered or licensed, including new IRS regulations.

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