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Ask Your Tax Preparer These Questions – So It Doesn’t Happen To You


Phoenix, AZ – Do all accountants or tax pros guarantee their work in writing? Naturally, some will say: “We’ll deal with it if we screw things up”, but just as soon as trouble starts with the IRS, they’ll fight every step of the way. Local tax expert and EA, Richard Lake, gives a warning.

"You know the horror stories about taxpayers getting IRS letters that ended up on their tax preparer’s desk, just sitting there, gathering dust. Or ones about the tax pro that made a few calls on your behalf, but ended up sending you a giant ugly bill to complete it. Or worse, the taxpayer who got an IRS letter, who tried the DIY method, because they didn’t get any kind of assistance from their tax preparer, and ran into an IRS nightmare that ensued,” Lake said.
It can happen to anyone. Taxpayers need to have a written understanding with their tax professional that they won’t be left in the lurch. Oh, and also: does this guarantee actually do something most people want it to?
“I’ve seen some accountants guarantee they will file your taxes for you by April 15th or they will file an extension for you,” Lake added. “Well...great!  That sure makes you feel good in the morning, doesn’t it?   Other weak guarantees I’ve seen in the tax industry are, "We guarantee we will begin preparing your tax return the same day we meet with you. That means nothing to me.  I don’t care when you start preparing my taxes.  I want to know how long it is going to take you to finish it, and to do so without silly errors you know you should have caught.”
So remember--the guarantees should be in areas taxpayers about.

“I suggest looking for a guarantee that offers things like, tax return accuracy, speed of service, most money legally yours, and ongoing IRS protection for years after filing. These are the things you care about! Make sure the tax professional you choose stands behind these critical areas of tax preparation, so you get the most out of your tax filing experience,” Lake recommended.

Richard Lake, EA offers tax services to individuals and small businesses. He enjoys helping individuals and families save money on taxes. Give him a call (480) 409-0829, email or visit his website


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