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How to File a Tax Return
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Get your refund fast and free at a CWF free tax site in Philadelphia. Families earning less than $50,000 and individuals earning less than $20,000 per year are eligible for our free services. All tax returns are filed online and prepared by IRS-certified volunteers.You should receive your refund within 7-10 days of filing.
Taxes can be complicated. If you are not eligible for our free services, you should expect to spend between $100 and $150 on average. But not all paid tax preparers are equal. Here a few tips from the IRS on choosing someone who will offer the best service for your tax preparation needs:
Ask about service fees. Avoid preparers who claim they can get you larger refunds than other preparers, or those who guarantee a refund or base fees on a percentage of the amount of the refund.
Plan Ahead. Choose a preparer you will be able to contact after the return is filed and one who will be responsive to your needs.
Get References. Ask questions and get references from clients who have used the tax professional before. Were they satisfied with the service received?
Research. Check to see if the preparer has any questionable history with the Better Business Bureau, the state's board of accountancy for CPA's (Certified Public Accountants), or the state's bar association for attorneys. Find out if the preparer belongs to a professional organization that requires its members to pursue continuing education and also holds them accountable to a code of ethics.
Is the preparer qualified to meet your needs? Is he or she an Enrolled Agent, Certified Public Accountant, or Attorney? If so, the preparer can represent taxpayers before the IRS on all matters, including audits, collections, and appeals.
Remember, it's your signature on the bottom of the form and your money on the line when you file a return with the IRS. To report suspected tax fraud or abuse, tax preparers can call the IRS at 1-800-829-0433.