"Tax Preparers Near Me"? There's a Better Way to Find a Tax Professional

Here are some tips for weeding out tax preparers that aren't legit and finding the best tax professionals in your area.

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An easy way to find a local tax return preparer is probably to search online for "tax preparers near me" and pick someone from the list. But that isn't the best way. If you want a qualified, honest, and reliable tax professional, you need to put in a little more work.

So, how do you go about choosing the right person to prepare your tax return? Thankfully, it's not that hard. Following these 5 tips for picking a tax preparer will help you weed out the fly-by-night preparers and zero in on the best tax professionals in your area. With a little bit of time and a few targeted questions, you can find a competent and dependable preparer to complete and file your return.

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Rocky Mengle

Rocky Mengle was a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger from October 2018 to January 2023 with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, Rocky worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.