Taxes are complicated. If you are considering getting tax help from an attorney or professional preparer, check them out before you decide to let them take care of your taxes.
There are several questions that you should research before selecting someone to take care of this important fact of life. You can also visit a tax consultant to get tax advice for your business.
First, is your potential tax advisor registered with the ATO? Each person who files with the ATO is required to register. Additionally, your preparer can register with professional groups that help beef up their credibility.
There are professional affiliations that represent the respectability of your potential tax preparer because most of these groups operate by a code of ethics, and some require continuing education. If your preparer is a part of a group, then he or she is also required to follow those rules.
You can also find out whether a preparer has any complaints filed against them. You can check with the Better Business Bureau, who should have a report of their history.
Consider the one who does the work that you need done because a preparer with less training may end up doing your taxes.
Make sure also that you are comfortable with everything on your return. If you have someone who prepares your return and cannot answer your questions fully, you do not have to have that preparer file your paperwork.