If you’re hiring a tax preparer to help with your Orange County taxes, it’s important to choose someone who is knowledgeable and trustworthy. Before you make a decision, it’s a good idea to ask a few key questions to ensure you’re working with the right person.
Here are the top 5 questions to ask your Orange County tax preparer:
1. What qualifications do you have? It’s important to choose a tax preparer who has the knowledge and experience to handle your taxes accurately and efficiently. Ask about their education, training, and professional credentials, such as an Enrolled Agent or Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
2. How much experience do you have preparing taxes for military families? If you are a military family, you may have unique tax considerations and benefits that a general tax preparer may not be familiar with. Make sure to choose a preparer who has experience working with military families and is familiar with the tax benefits and deductions available to you.
3. How do you charge for your services? It’s important to understand how a tax preparer charges for their services so you can budget accordingly. Some preparers charge by the hour, while others charge a flat fee or a percentage of your refund. Make sure to ask about their fees and any additional charges that may apply.
4. What documentation should I bring to our meeting? Your tax preparer will need certain documentation in order to prepare your taxes accurately. Make sure to ask what documents you should bring to your meeting, such as tax forms, W-2s, and receipts for deductions.
5. What is your process for handling mistakes or errors? Mistakes can happen, and it’s important to know what your tax preparer will do if an error is discovered. Ask about their process for correcting mistakes and whether they offer any guarantee or protection against errors.
Robert Hall & Associates has just launched an Orange County office and is available for tax help and preparation. Our team of experienced professionals can assist you with all aspects of tax preparation, including navigating military-specific tax benefits and deductions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your taxes are done accurately and efficiently.