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Feb. 5, 2009
If you will be paying someone to do your tax return this year, choose a tax preparer wisely. You are legally responsible for what is on your tax returns even if they are prepared by someone else. So, it is important to find a qualified tax professional.
The most reputable preparers will request to see your records and receipts and will ask you multiple questions to determine your total income and your qualifications for expenses, deductions, and other items. By doing so, they have your best interest in mind and are trying to help you avoid penalties, interest, or additional taxes from the federal Internal Revenue Service and Indiana Department of Revenue.
The following tips can help you choose a preparer who will offer the best service for their tax preparation needs.
Also be aware of overpriced tax services. According to the National Society of Accountants, the cost of filing your taxes can range from $150 to $280.
If you have any questions and would like to speak with a bilingual representative at the Indiana Department of Revenue, please call (317) 232-2240 (press 2 for Spanish) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also visit the Department’s Web site at www.dor.in.gov/ or you can submit questions via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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