With the 2010 tax-filing season underway, finding the right tax preparer can be difficult. These tips can help you find one that’s right for you:

• Experience: Select a tax preparer who is well established and has experience preparing a variety of individual income tax returns. Make sure your tax preparer can handle your specific needs, whether you have an easy return with one W-2 or a more complex return.

• Knowledge: Make sure your tax preparer is up-to-date on the new and changed tax laws, has state-of-the-art tax preparation software and quality training on the current tax laws.

• Accuracy: Verify that your tax preparer has quality, up-to-date software with built-in error checks. For added accuracy, filing a tax return electronically via IRS e-file provides checks on common errors and provides faster receipt of an expected refund and confirmation from the IRS within 48 hours, after your tax return has been received.

• Guarantee: To assure that your tax preparer will be there for you in the event of any errors made, be certain your tax return includes a guarantee.

• Year-Round Support: Make certain you have year-round access to your tax preparer if any tax-related questions or concerns arise.

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