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What Documents Do I Need to Bring to My Tax Preparer?
Whether you prepare your taxes yourself or get help from a tax preparer online or in-store, knowing what documents you'll need at hand can help prevent tax filing errors and possibly lower your tax bill. Read more…

What is an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN)?
An IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) is a number issued by the IRS to a professional tax preparer, such as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and Enrolled Agents (EAs). A PTIN is only required for professional tax preparers that accept payment to prepare tax returns. Individual taxpayers, including TurboTax customers, do not need a PTIN to file their own taxes. Read more…

How Can the Taxpayer Advocate Service Help Me?
The Taxpayer Advocate Service describes itself as "your voice" inside the IRS. The service isn't a complaint department or an all-purpose help desk. Rather, it's designed to be a "safety net"—a team of specialists who can step in when taxpayers are experiencing problems that can't easily be handled through the IRS's normal channels. Read more…

What is an Enrolled Agent for Taxes?
Enrolled agents (EAs) are tax professionals authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS. These agents have "unlimited practice rights," meaning that they are allowed to represent any kind of taxpayer—individual, business or organization—and are authorized to deal with any federal tax issue. They can represent clients in all dealings with the IRS, from filing forms and returns to defending them in audits. Read more…

How to Find a Good CPA for Your Taxes
Finding a good CPA for your taxes is simple with these seven tips: 1. Ask about their specialization; 2. Verify their identification number, 3. Look up their license, 4. Consider their experience, 5. Confirm their willingness to sign, 6. Ask for advice, and 7. Determine their fees. Read more…


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