I get knocks on my door or see ads in the paper advertising low fees to prepare my tax return. Are these legitimate offers?
A majority of these offers may be from well meaning qualified professionals. You should be aware that your tax return provides the preparer with all the personal information to enable fraudulent financial representations. Before you accept these offers ask for references or names of other clients. Ask for photo I.D. and a business card. The preparation of your income tax return is the most important financial decision you make on a yearly basis.