How to Find an Honest Tax Preparer

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Carpenter, Evert and Associates is a certified public accounting firm in Bloomington, Minnesota. Because of our experience and training, we understand the importance of hiring a well-qualified company to do your tax preparation. CPAs are experts in tax preparation and planning, and can give you the highest level of service available. The IRS has released a list of helpful tips to help you avoid what they call abusive tax preparers.

If you need an honest, trustworthy source for tax preparation and planning, call us at (952) 831-0085 for more information about our tax services. You can also request a free tax organizer  from Carpenter Evert to help you get started.

How to Insure You Don’t Hire an Abusive Tax Preparer from the IRS:

IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) reminds you;

  • Taxpayers are responsible for the accuracy of all entries made on their tax returns, which include related schedules, forms and supporting documentation. This remains true whether the return is prepared by the taxpayer or by a return preparer.
  • Be careful in selecting the tax professional who will prepare your return. Some basic tips and guidelines to assist taxpayers in choosing a reputable tax professional are:
    • Avoid return preparers who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers.
    • Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the amount of the refund.
    • Use a reputable tax professional that signs and enters a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) on your tax return and provides you with a copy for your records.
    • Consider whether the individual or firm will be around to answer questions about the preparation of your tax return, months, even years, after the return has been filed.
    • Never sign a blank tax form.
    • Ask questions. Do you know anyone who has used the tax professional? Were they satisfied with the service they received?
  • Tax Evasion is a crime, a felony, punishable up to 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

When in doubt, check it out! Taxpayers hearing claims from preparers offering larger refunds than other preparers are encouraged to check it out with a trusted tax professional or the IRS before getting involved.

Go to the IRS website for more details on Abusive Tax Return Preparers.


  1. I like that you provided some tips on how to find an honest tax preparer such as hiring one that has his own preparer tax identification number (PTIN). It is important that you look for a tax preparer that is legally authorized to perform his profession in the area. You may even want to ask how long he has been in the business and how many clients he has represented so far. This would more or less give you an idea if he is indeed credible. If I were to look for a tax preparer, I would make sure to keep this in mind. Thanks.

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