Tax Preparer Credential Check
BE ADVISED, anyone with a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) can prepare a tax return on behalf of customers. And surprisingly, individuals who have had their PTINs revoked by the IRS for fraud or other reasons can still prepare and file returns on behalf of customers. Thus, if you choose to pay someone to prepare your return, be sure to check the person's qualifications and level of experience with preparing returns.
Tax return preparers have different levels of tax skills, education, and expertise. Consider browsing through the IRS's searchable directory using the link below to help inform your decision when choosing between preparers. The directory provides a listing of local preparers who currently hold professional credentials recognized by the IRS or who hold an Annual Filing Season Program Record of Completion.
*Note, the IRS's directory does not include an exhaustive list of every tax return preparer.
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