It's tax time, and if you're not doing your own taxes, you're paying someone else to do it. An estimated 84 million taxpayers will choose to use a paid tax preparer this tax season. Here are some IRS tips to choose carefully:
Check the person's qualifications. New regulations require all paid tax return preparers to have what's called a PTIN, or Preparer Tax Identification Number, before preparing any federal tax returns in 2011.
Check to see if the preparer has a questionable history with the Better Business Bureau.
Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund or those who claim they can get a larger refund than anyone else.
Make sure the tax preparer is around and accessible beyond the April deadline. You may have questions about your return, and if they disappear for the rest of the year, it's probably not a good choice.
The IRS makes it clear... it doesn't matter if you or someone else does your taxes... you're the one legally responsible for what's on your tax return. So it's important to hire the right tax preparer.
Click here for more tips on choosing a tax preparer.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:40 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:40:53 GMT
By JOHN ZENORAP Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama athletic director Bill Battle isn't sure any football program has ever topped the Crimson Tide's current run of dominance. That includesMore >>
Alabama athletic director Bill Battle isn't sure any football program has ever topped the Crimson Tide's current run of dominance.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:33 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:33:04 GMT
One of the three bodies pulled from a submerged truck in Weiss Lake last week has been identified.Authorities positively identified one of the male victims as 41-year-old Bobby DeWayne Hyatt of Piedmont.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:56 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:56:59 GMT
Recently, Bitsy, a Yorkie puppy from Cullman and her owner Todd Sigmon were named finalists in the Iams "Love Tails" contest. Bitsy and Todd along with 9 other finalists will compete in a facebook videoMore >>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:50 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:50:12 GMT
A 29 year old Pell City woman was killed overnight by her brother. Police say 30 year old Brett Christopher Love killed his sister Lindsey Michelle Love around 3 AM Wednesday morning in the 100 blockMore >>
A brother suspected of killing his sister in Pell City has been taken into custody and charged with murder. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:44 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:44:47 GMT
Shelby County Highway 51 south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 280 in the Westover area of Shelby County is closed right now. The Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a motor vehicle crash involvingMore >>
The Sheriff's Office is on the scene of a motor vehicle crash involving a trainMore >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:50 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:50:32 GMT
Denise Marie McGathey of Crossville has been arrested in connection to a drug and stolen property case. DeKalb County Sheriff's Office investigators went to her home on County Road 370. InvestigatorsMore >>
Denise Marie McGathey of Crossville has been arrested in connection to a drug and stolen property case.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:38:10 GMT
An arrest has been made in a kidnapping investigation involving a 10 month old child. 19 year old Breanna Nicole Walker is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals in Dallas, Texas under a $100,000 bond.More >>
An arrest has been made in a kidnapping investigation involving a 10 month old child.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:46 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:46:31 GMT
Tune in to Talk of Alabama at 9AM to hear from Real Estate Agent Dave Parrish. He will talk about the "sellers market" and about those mortgage rates inching up bit by bit. Parrish is a ProfessionalMore >>
Is it a good or bad time to buy a home? Realtor Dave Parrish will talk about the "sellers market," and about those mortgage rates inching up bit by bit.