Use a Full -Time Professional Tax Preparer or You Will Be Sorry
Essex & Associates:: www.essexinc.biz January 17, 2012
Last year, according to the IRS, there was approximately 1.1 million paid tax preparers in the country.
It is estimated that close to half of these preparers are not trained professionals.
Untrained preparers make many mistakes and are not familiar with tax saving deductions.
In effect, by using one of these preparers, you cost your self money by missing tax deductions.
Most of these untrained preparers will not be preparing taxes in a couple of years, anyway.
The IRS now requires paid tax preparers other than attorneys, CPAs and enrolled agents, to take and pass an exam.
These preparers have until December 31, 2013 to pass the test.
If you have not been using a full-time professional, now is the time to start.
Plus starting with tax returns filed in 2012, tax preparers must e-file if they are filing 11 or more returns.
Many part time preparers do not have the software or sophistication to e-file.
Find a preparer that has office hours year round and is a professional preparer.
Do not use a preparer that only maintains office hours during tax season.
If you or the IRS has a question about your return after tax season and you have used someone that shut their door the middle of April, you have no one to help you.
Ask the preparer, what tax certifications do you have?
Also this year, taxpayers across the nation will have until Tuesday, April 17, 2012, to file their 2011 income tax returns and pay any taxes due.
Taxpayers have extra time because April 15 falls on Sunday, and Emancipation Day, a holiday in the District of Columbia, is observed the following day on Monday, April 16.
Wishing you many happy returns,
Wayne T. Essex Ph.D.
Essex & Associates
Tax, Accounting, Payroll
7501 Paragon Road
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