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Even though the April 15 tax filing deadline is still months away, it's always a good idea to get a jump on tax season. And the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is sending a friendly reminder that taxpayers are the ones legally responsible for what's on their tax returns, even if the return is prepared by someone else. So, the IRS is offering helpful hints on finding a qualified tax professional to help you get your return prepared and filed.
When choosing a tax preparation service, the IRS advises taxpayers to find out what the charges will be up front; use only tax professionals that will sign your return and give you a copy for your records; and ask others who have used the tax professional whether they were satisfied with the service they received (See "Read This Before Choosing a Tax Preparer" from the IRS). And if you're having trouble deciding whether you need the help of a tax attorney or an accountant, FindLaw offers tips on choosing between these two types of professional services, to fit your unique tax needs.