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Nearly two-thirds of tax payers rely on professional tax preparers to assist them with their returns. Most tax preparers are good people but some unscrupulous preparers may try to encourage tax payers to claim improper credits, deductions or exemptions in hopes of boosting refunds.

Use care when choosing a preparer and remember that tax payers should use only preparers who sign the returns they prepare and enter their IRS Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs).

Remember that you are responsible for the information on your tax return even if it is prepared by a professional : you cannot hide behind a tax professional’s signature if you took an inappropriate position on your tax return.