Who Can Prepare Your Tax Returns?

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Certified Public Accountants are licensed by each individual state to provide accounting, auditing, and tax services to the general public. They must pass the uniform CPA exam and have experience in public accounting in order to be certified. They must also meet continuing professional education requirements in order to retain their license. CPAs are authorized to represent taxpayers before the IRS. Some CPAs specialize in taxes and others do not. CPAs may work in an accounting firm or may have their own individual practice. Certified Public Accountants do not need to obtain a PTIN unless they prepare for compensation all or substantially all of a federal tax return or claim for refund.

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