Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Why it is important to use a professional

The IRS is changing so that paid preparers are regulated and tested. Enrolled Agents have been the only certification issued by the IRS/Treasury department since the Civil War. Starting in 2011 if you go to a paid preparer they will have to be on file with the IRS and have passed one of two tests and take continuing education.

It is then not too surprising that IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman doesn’t prepare his own returns. While interviewed on C-SPAN last Sunday Mr. Shulman said, “I've used one for years. I find it convenient. I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer," (C-SPAN Video Link)

The point is that if an IRS Commissioner can’t keep up with changes what chance do you have? Typically the software you can buy will cost between $49 & $69 for e-filing a Federal and State Return. Although you can use these effectively, it can take 2 hours to complete the Q&A portion of the program. Beginning at $75 you can hire one of our professionals to compete your return in as little as 30 min.

The great part is that if there is a problem or letter in October we are still here. You can’t ask the box for answers on letters from the IRS.

Call today and refer a friend to us today. 515.285.5544

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