Well, the cutoff date to get your 1099′s has passed – so that means you can start looking for a tax preparer to help you through tax time. When choosing a tax preparer – it’s best to ask questions and get referrals from friends and family members. You want to get the most bang for your buck, right? LearnVest did a great article this week on 8 Questions to Ask, and there are some great tips, like:
#3 – Can you give me an idea of how much it will cost?
Because tax pros charge differently, some based on the number of forms, some hourly, some a combination of both – it’s best to ask up front.
#8 – Are you available during the year if I need help?
Will your tax pro pack up and disappear after tax season, or will the be around in the even of an audit or to answer any amendment questions you might have at a later date?
Read the full list HERE at LearnVest - it’s a fantastic site that helps keep you financially savvy by sending bite-sized tips and articles to your inbox to keep you “in the know”!
If you plan to do your taxes on your own, make sure you also read their article “Are You Eligible for Any of These Tax Deductions?” – in which they lay out all the deductions and forms you need to get the money you deserve!!
Then again – if you know that your taxes are plain and simple – you can do them totally free with H&R Block’s FREE Home Filing! This is what we’ve used in the past few years – and it was wonderful!