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Ask A CPA - Hiring a Tax Professional

How Do I Know My Tax Accountant Is Licensed ?

You can verify that your tax accountant is licensed by visiting the website www.ptindirectory.com All tax preparers must now be registered with the IRS and obtain a preparer tax identification number. When you meet with your accountant, you can ask him or her to show you a copy of his PTIN . Many states also require licensing. CPAs, Enrolled Agents, RTRPs ) registered tax return preparers) and Lawyers can all be licensed to prepare tax returns and all must have a PTIN to practice.

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