Dishonest tax preparers tend to surface around tax time.
Working with such so-called professionals can lead to refund fraud and identity theft, not to mention get you in hot water with the IRS.
Avoid becoming a victim by doing some research on any professional with whom you work.
Every tax preparer should have a Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN, with the IRS. In addition, their registration with the agency will show whether they have appropriate qualifications, including whether they are an enrolled agent, certified public accountant or attorney.
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