Southfield, MI (PRWEB) January 28, 2014
As the W-2 forms start arriving, consumers are searching for help completing their taxes and getting their refunds processed. Consumers can be lured by the promise of quick and big returns, only to find out later that they were duped. Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises you to check your tax preparer’s BBB Business Review prior to making an appointment and offers tips to tax payers for avoiding pitfalls in tax preparation.
Each year, consumers file complaints with BBB about delays in getting refunds and about tax preparation offices shutting down abruptly. Some tax preparation companies are open for only a few months every year, and it can be hard to track the preparer down if you run into problems with your return.
Checking BBB Business Reviews first can help consumers make informed decisions on hiring tax professionals and accountants. The BBB rates companies A+ to F based on 16 factors, including how long a company has been in business, the number of complaints the business has and how it responds to complaints they do receive.
If you decide to hire a tax preparer, BBB offers some tips and advice:
BBB also begins to field complaints this time of year about tax scams including fraudulent use of the IRS name or logo by scammers attempting to gain access to consumers’ financial information in order to steal their identity and assets. The IRS has warned consumers that it does not initiate taxpayer communications through email. Unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS should be reported to the IRS at phishing(at)irs(dot)gov. Consumers can also report instances of IRS-related phishing attempts and fraud to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
About Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan & the Upper Peninsula
BBB Serving Eastern Michigan & the Upper Peninsula is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting trust in the marketplace by assisting in the protection of consumers and businesses from fraud and unethical business practices. In addition to its recognized dispute resolution services, BBB maintains business reviews on the customer service history of more than 90,000 local businesses and provides consumer education materials on numerous topics. BBB provides its services free to the public and its service territory stretches across Eastern Michigan from Ann Arbor through Metropolitan Detroit, Lansing, Flint, upward to Alpena, and covers the entire Upper Peninsula of the state.