April 15 is almost here, and many people are finding they need
help with their taxes. But in the rush to find last-minute tax
preparation advice, it's important to protect yourself from
disreputable people masquerading as experts.
In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's
director of investment planning, gives three questions that you
should ask any potential tax preparer. Dan notes that the first
thing to know is how much tax preparation services will cost,
which sounds simple but can get complicated in a hurry because of
hidden fees and other charges that take some work to discover.
Second, ask how you'll get your refund, as some preparers arrange
to have refunds come to them in order to try to deduct fees
directly from your refund check before you necessarily see all
the details of your bill. Finally, it's important to know what
educational background your tax preparer has, as regulation of
those who prepare taxes isn't as strict as it is for most other
professions. Dan concludes that by being careful, you can still
get the tax help you need.
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