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Most Americans will get assistance from a professional tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes this year. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help. Using the wrong preparer could cause a lot of headaches, fines, and fees. According to the IRS, 80 percent of Americans enlist the help of a tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes. Unfortunately, every year BBB receives thousands of complaints from consumers against tax preparers.
Complainants often state the tax preparer made errors in their return, which resulted in fines and fees. BBB wants to remind you that you are responsible for the accuracy of information on your tax return, whether you prepare the return or hire someone else to do so. Consider these factors:
For more advice on finding professionals you can trust, visit www.bbb.org or call 1-800-388-2222.
Cathy Williamson is manager of the Lincoln Trail Area branch of the Better Business Bureau. Contact her at (270) 982-1289 or email@example.com.