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Choosing The Right Tax Preparer

Harold Blotcher, Tax Connections

As we approach the new year, we will start seeing a plethora of television ads from competing tax preparation companies. They will make claims like promising “instant tax refunds” or they will tell you that you don’t need your W-2 forms to come in and prepare your taxes. Well, the IRS does not process tax refunds any faster for these companies than for anyone else. What they are offering, if you qualify, is a short term generally high interest loan to be paid back by having your refund sent to them or the financial institution providing the loan. They will also usually be charging an extra fee for this service. The interest and fees will be deducted from the total amount of the refund as well as the tax preparation fee. As for not needing a W-2, except in certain situations where a substitute W-2 may be used, if you are employed for salary or wages you will need a W-2 to file your tax return. The ploy is to get you in the office to “start” your return so that you fell you have to come back to finish once the actual W-2 arrives. Read more