The countdown begins

The IRS will begin accepting returns on Tuesday, Jan. 20 – so tax preparers around the country are using this week to make sure they’re ready for the filing season. The IRS itself offers a whole section of its Web site to helping tax pros get ready, and in the same spirit, we’ve put together this quick…

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Tips to help you choose a tax preparer

Many people look for help from professionals when they file their federal income tax return. If you choose to use a tax return preparer, you’ll need to share your most personal information with them, including details about your marriage, income, children and social security numbers — the details of your financial life. Most tax return…

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