A tax return preparer is trusted with your most personal information. They know about your marriage, your income, your children and your social security numbers – the details of your financial life.
Most tax return preparers provide outstanding service. However, each
year, some taxpayers are hurt financially because they choose the wrong
tax return preparer.
For 2015, anyone can be a paid tax return preparer as long as they
have an IRS Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). They should sign
and enter the PTIN on all returns they prepare.