With all the paperwork, deductions, special allowances, carry-overs, etc, etc… It’s enough that you almost want to throw your hands up and make someone else do it for you.
If you do go with a tax preparer, make sure you find someone who’s legit.
“Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions and all the fees,” said Jeannette Kopko of the Dallas Better Business Bureau.
So, what some of these scammers will do is skim money off the top of your return or maybe hold it hostage. In other words, the tax preparer won’t give you your return until you pay a bunch of fees that you didn’t know about when you first signed up.
“The preparer says, ‘we’re not going to give you any of the refund until you agree to pay those higher fees,” said Kopko.
Bottom line: make sure you know what you’re signing up for before you sign up for it.