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Although the IRS provides information, forms, and free assistance to the public (in both English and Spanish) to anyone that needs it, many of us still file their taxes without asking for professional, and as such are at rick of encountering future legal problems that turn out to be more expensive in the long run.

That is why YaSabe has put together 10 tips to help you navigate you tax filling process:

  1. If you hire a tax preparer, he must sign statements to your name, but must bear both his and your signature.

  2. Consider avoiding preparers who promise larger refunds than others, if your documents comply with what the law asks for, the numbers must match.

  3. Do not close a contract with tax preparers who claim a refund or request an advance payment fee.

  4. Select a certified and professional tax preparer. The IRS provides a list of affiliated tax professionals.

  5. Ask your preparer of record of this professional history, this will give you a better understanding of whether he is an honest professional.

  6. Investigate the history of the tax preparer on the Better Business Bureau, state lawyer associations or accountants.

  7. Make sure the preparer is certified by regulators.

  8. Note that only certified public accountants or lawyers specializing in taxes can carry out any matter related to appeals, tax collection, etc.

  9. Ask if the preparer belongs to a professional organization or if is a member of education following the law and codes of ethics.

  10. Make sure that even for receiving minimal help from a professional you should have everything clear at the first consultation and it would be the best option if is in writing, signed by both the client and the preparer.

We hope this helps your filling process and  wish you good luck!