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How the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics and license tax professional can help. (Part IV)

How the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinics and license tax professional can help. (Part IV)

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics

Assistance can be obtained from individuals and organizations that are independent from the IRS. IRS Publication 4134, provides a listing of Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List (LITCs) and is available at www.irs.gov. Also, see the LITC page at www.taxpayeradvocate. irs.gov/litcmap. Assistance may also be available from a referral system operated by a state bar association, a state or local society of accountants or enrolled agents or another nonprofit tax professional organization. The decision to obtain assistance from any of these individuals and organizations will not result in the IRS giving preferential treatment in the handling of the issue, dispute or problem. You don’t need to seek assistance to contact them. They will be pleased to deal with you directly and help you resolve your situation.

Here are ten tips for taxpayers to remember when selecting a preparer:

1. Check the Preparer’s Qualifications.

2. Check the Preparer’s History.

3. Ask about Service Fees.

4. Ask to E-File.

5. Make Sure the Preparer is Available.

6. Provide Records and Receipts.

7. Never Sign a Blank Return.

8. Review Before Signing.

9. Ensure the Preparer Signs and Includes Their PTIN. 10. Report Abusive Tax Preparers to the IRS. (Use Form 14157, Complaint: Tax Return Preparer.)

Next week – how to pay your taxes.

(IRS Publication 594 and IRS.gov) (TTT 08/13/19)