Tax preparers, Paid Preparers, and Tax Professionals are all classified as individualtax preparers.
Individual Tax Preparer is a generic term describing a variety of professions including Enrolled Agents, Certified Public Accountants, Financial Planners, Accountants and Tax Preparers.
A tax preparer uses information provided by an individual to prepare or aid in the preparation of federal, state and local tax returns. They may also provide assistance to those who have been audited by the IRS.
Accuracy is extremely important on a tax return. One mistake on a tax return could cost you hundreds of dollars, or worse, cause the return to be immediately rejected by the Internal Revenue Service. The process to amend a return that has been rejected can be time-consuming and delay your refund. Avoid simple mistakes by going to a professional who is trained in tax preparation and less likely to make errors. Most tax professionals use specialized software to catch and prevent mistakes on returns.
A Paid Preparer is required by law to sign the return and fill in the preparer areas of the form. The preparer should also include their appropriate identifying number on the return. Although the Preparer signs the return, you are responsible for the accuracy of every item on your return. In addition, the preparer must give you a copy of the return.