The Peck Group, LC
  • Comprehensive Tax Law Representation Since 1995

    We handle every aspect of tax law: preparing tax returns, representing clients during audits, resolving IRS and state tax controversies, and creating tax planning strategies for the future.

  • Problems With The IRS Or State Tax

    Our attorneys are committed to providing efficient and effective tax solutions for individuals and businesses in Georgia and nationwide.

  • Planning For The Future

    Our lawyers help individuals and businesses with all aspects of estate and tax planning. We help our clients use proactive strategies to minimize tax implications in the future

  • Changing The Balance Of Power

    Does it feel like the government has all the power? Taxpayers have rights, too. We use our knowledge of tax law to shift the balance of power and ensure that your rights are protected.

  • Tax Solutions … And Peace Of Mind

How do you know you have an honest tax preparer?

You may think all tax preparers are created equal. That would be a dangerous assumption to make. There are dishonest tax preparers out there, and if your highly sensitive information gets into their hands, it could spell real trouble for you. Dishonest tax preparers could commit tax fraud in their clients’ names as well as steal their clients’ tax refunds.

Nonetheless, an honest tax preparer can be a great asset in removing your headache and simplifying your tax return process. To maximize your chances of having a positive tax preparation experience, it’s important to understand what to look for when choosing whom to entrust with your tax information.

  1. Check for the PTIN. First and foremost, you need to make sure the person you’re dealing with is an authorized tax preparer. Any legitimate tax preparer is required to have a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). Ask for this information from the onset.
  2. Be on the alert for anything that seems fishy. Has your tax preparer asked you to sign a blank tax form? Take a minute to ask yourself why this course of action would make any sense. (Answer: it doesn’t. You should never sign an incomplete tax form.) Has your tax preparer claimed that he can get you a higher refund than his competitors? Has he guaranteed you a certain refund before even looking your information over? These are all red flags.
  3. Ask how fees are calculated. While not all tax preparers follow the same method of calculating charges for tax preparation services, there are some common approaches that many follow. They might charge a fixed fee for each tax form your case requires, or they might charge an hourly rate for the total amount of time it took to prepare your return. They might include additional charges if the information you provide is incomplete or disorganized. What they should not do, however, is take a percentage of your refund as payment.

In this era of increased fraud and identity theft, it is important to be informed and proactive about finding a tax preparer who is trustworthy.

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The Peck Group, LC
5855 Sandy Springs Circle N.E., Suite 190
Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: 770-884-6914
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