What should I look for in a Professional Tax Preparation Service?
In a word, credentials. Credentials are what you should look for. In a country where nearly anyone can prepare a tax return professionally, it may be the best method of judging the person’s skill level. The following are the most important tax professional credentials offered in the United States and their definitions:
What is an Enrolled Agent?
Enrolled Agent (or EA) is a type of tax advisor who is a federally authorized tax practitioner empowered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Enrolled Agents represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax issues including audits, collections and appeals. Credit: Wikipedia
What is a CPA?
A certified public accountant, or CPA, is a person who has passed the very difficult CPA Exam and has been licensed by one of the 50 U.S. states (or one of five other jurisdictions). The CPA’s license is renewed if the state’s requirements continue to be met including continuing professional education credits. Credit: Accounting Coach
What is a Tax Attorney?
Tax attorneys are specialists in federal, state, and municipal rules and policies pertaining to tax liability and the process of taxation as it relates to estate transfers, material and intellectual property acquisitions, income from all sources, and business transactions of all kinds. Credit: accountingedu.org
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