How to choose a tax preparer

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Filing taxes has become so complicated that many taxpayers hire a professional tax preparer to give them a hand. The IRS says that in 2016, tax pros helped individuals e-file nearly 79 million returns.

But not all tax pros have the same credentials, so which tax preparer should you choose?

Different types of tax preparation professionals have varying degrees of training and experience. A few states regulate tax preparers. The IRS also has begun a system to track and, in some cases, test tax preparers.

But it is the responsibility of taxpayers to determine which tax pro is best for their personal tax situations.

Read on to find out about your tax preparer choices.