Most tax professionals are honest and will file accurate returns on a client’s behalf. However, some dishonest tax preparers will defraud their clients by skimming a portion of their refund or charging inflated fees for their services. Some will attract clients by promising refunds that are too high to be true.
Be careful when hiring a tax preparer and be sure to check the reputation of anyone you choose. All paid tax preparers must sign the return they prepare and enter their IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). You can look up this number on the IRS tax preparer information website: ww.irs.gov/