Ill number 6: There are preparers that charge excessive fees and lie about them, often employing bait and switch tactics to get unsuspecting clients.
Remedy: Have the preparer look over your documents and get an estimate of what it will cost to do your tax return up front. This way, you don’t waste your time or the preparer’s time. In addition, you decrease the incidence of identity theft and other adverse actions from giving your personal information and that of others unnecessarily to unknown individuals.
Finally, make sure that you use someone that you can trust with your personal information and that of your loved ones. Remember, even if you use them for one year, this person possesses your information for year s to come. You may change banks, but you will not change your social security number. Keep this is mind if you are searching for a preparer.