Should man or machine be your accountant? The old adage that you get what you pay for applies when hiring tax preparers as much as it does when buying tax preparation software.
Need help filing your return? Make sure you get an expert who's perfect for your situation.
It pays to listen to the tax pros if you want a smooth and painless filing.
If your taxes are complicated, you may need an accountant, lawyer or enrolled agent to make sure you comply with laws that get more complex every year. Here's how to find a good one.
Follow the rules, take advantage of free help, organize your records and know when you need a pro.
It's your name on the bottom line, so make sure you find someone who is ethical and competent.
Liability protection? Doubtful, and you'll get to spend more on your lawyer and accountant.
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