As with hiring any professional, you should always be aware of red flags that could indicate this person isn’t looking out for your best interest.
Remember, you are legally responsible for the information on your tax return, so you need to be sure you review all the information before you sign it and it’s submitted. You should never a sign a blank tax form—any tax preparer that asks you to do this is likely not conducting legal business.
You should also be skeptical of preparers that don’t have a PTIN or claim they can get you a bigger refund than anyone else. This includes preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund.
Preparers who refuse to sign your form may also be fraudulent. Be aware of these red flags when you’re looking for a tax preparer—it’s always essential to get a tax professional who wants to genuinely help you.