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It is important to find a tax preparer with the knowledge and experience to prepare your returns correctly. 
 
Minnesota does not require tax preparers to be licensed. However, we do expect preparers to follow standards of ethics and conduct. When they don’t, we may take action.
 
For our current list of disciplined preparers, see Tax Preparers Subject to Penalties.
For our current list of preparers who are not authorized to represent you before the department, see Who Can Represent You.
 
Whether or not a preparer is on one of these lists, you are ultimately responsible for your tax return. Be sure to choose a preparer carefully.
 

Before you hire a preparer, take the time to ask these questions:

  • What kind of formal tax training do you have?
  • Do you hold any professional licenses or designations, such as certified public accountant (CPA), enrolled agent (EA), registered accounting practitioner (RAP), accredited tax advisor (ATA), or accredited tax preparer (ATP)?
  • Do you belong to any professional organizations?
  • Do you take continuing professional education classes each year?
  • How long have you been preparing tax returns?
  • Have you ever done a tax return dealing with my situation?
  • Can I contact you year-round?
  • Have you ever been disciplined by any organization or governmental authority?
  • Will you represent me if I’m audited by the IRS or the Minnesota Department of Revenue?
  • How much do you charge and how do you calculate your fees? 

Other things to consider

  • Be careful of tax preparers who claim to know “the secrets” of obtaining unusually large refunds.
  • Be cautious if someone charges fees based on a percentage of your refund.
  • Never sign a blank tax form—even for your preparer.

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For information on Minnesota tax preparer organizations and standards, visit the following websites:
 
 
 
For information on national tax preparer organizations and standards, visit the IRS website.