Who can prepare tax returns?
Many taxpayers ask who can prepare tax returns? The answer is that anyone can prepare tax returns. However, not everyone can prepare accurate tax returns and not everyone knows which tax deductions and tax credits to claim or what is the best way to get the most tax refund legally.
You can prepare your own tax returns
The first person who can prepare your tax return is you. However, most people think that tax is too complicated and that they don't know what to do and they don't want to make mistakes which could cost them more money or open themselves up for an IRS audit.
However, preparing your own tax return is easier than you think. With the help of great tax software nowadays such as the TaxCut software by H&R Block, you can just answer questions in the tax software and the software will do all the tax calculations and fill out appropriate tax forms for you. The software will even e-file for you if you choose to have it e-filed.
Free help for you to prepare your own tax returns
The good news is that if you choose to prepare your own tax returns, you are not on your own. If the help of the software is not enough, you can also call the IRS helpline to ask specific tax questions. There are also tax help services such as that run by the AARP to help you prepare your taxes, especially if you are a low income taxpayer or senior. Anyone with tax knowledge can help you for free but they won't put their name on your tax return if they are not paid tax preparers.
Professional tax preparers
If you really don't have time to prepare your own tax return, you can walk into a local H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt or Liberty Tax Service as well as other professional tax preparer's offices or CPA offices to have them prepare your tax returns for you. They would gladly help you for a fee which is usually a couple of hundred dollars on average, unless you have a very simple tax return to file.