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This site, brought to you by the National Society of Accountants (NSA), offers valuable information for taxpayers including information about hiring a tax professional, tax tips, industry credentials and important things you must know when selecting and hiring a preparer to protect yourself, your family and your business.

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  1. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires all paid tax preparers to have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), so make sure your tax preparer has one and enters it on your return.

  2. Beware of tax preparers who ask to be paid as a percentage of any refund you may receive or who ask you to sign a blank return. Refunds should always come to you, not the tax preparer. And remember the old adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” If you suspect tax fraud, visit the IRS web page that deals with this issue. 

  3. Better Business Bureau and State Boards of Accountancy may also have resources to help you avoid any questionable tax preparers.