I detest taxes. For years I've owed money and since tax day is my birthday I have really, really hated it. I've always done my own taxes but a few years ago I started using a professional. The reason I'm writing about this now, in July, is because this year I chickened out and filed an extension. That extension is up next month and I need to get off my butt and find someone to do my taxes. The seasonal place down the street, actually there are 2 seasonal places down the street, are now gone so it's research I need to be doing.
In looking for someone good to do my taxes, I've learned a whole lot. Did you know that if you get paid to do taxes you now have to be a Registered Tax Return Preparer? I did not know that. Did you also know that in order to be a registered tax return preparer you have to take an irs exam? I did not know that either. You learn something new every day.
I have to say, this actually makes me feel good. Although I've never investigated it, I always thought that anyone could hang their shingle out and claim to be a tax preparer. Glad to know that there is some qualifications and knowledge that goes with that. Not sure I trust the IRS being in charge of it, but okay.....