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The Best Tax Preparers in Howard County MD Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

Tax return preparers in Howard County MD bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those income tax preparers that have exceeded the minimum Maryland state standard. They are those proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for skill and reliability, carry liability insurance as protection for you the client, and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them as tax preparers in Howard County MD, including corporate tax returns, tax rebates, tax filing, tax consultants, IRS representation, and more.

 

The TOP 10 Tax Return Preparation Services in Howard County MD

Hayes Bookkeeping & Tax Service

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(410) 461-9010
3525 Ellicott Mills Dr
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Areas Served: Elkridge MD, Harford County MD, Lisbon MD, North Laurel MD,…
Services: local tax return preparers, tax return filing, tax management, tax…

Express Tax & Credit Repair

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(443) 542-9244
3696 Park Ave # 202
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Areas Served: Clarksville MD, Howard County MD, Ellicott City MD, Columbia Maryland,…
Services: local tax preparers for tax return preparation & tax filing,…

West & West Tax Service

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(410) 465-4600
3460 Ellicott Center Dr # 105a
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Areas Served: Scaggsville Maryland, Howard County MD, Ilchester MD, Clarksville MD, Ellicott…
Services: income tax return filing, tax planning

Fiducial Inc

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(410) 290-8296
10100 Old Columbia Rd
Columbia, MD 21046

Areas Served: Howard County MD, Scaggsville MD, Columbia MD, Clarksville MD, Ellicott…
Services: tax preparation, tax rebates, tax filing, IRS representation, tax consultants

Pro Status

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(410) 884-3851
10632 Little Patuxent Pky #120
Columbia, MD 21044

Areas Served: Columbia MD, Clarksville MD, Savage-Guilford MD, Scaggsville MD, Elkridge MD,…
Services: income tax representation, tax return preparation, tax filing, tax services

D3 Accounting & Tax Service

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(410) 437-8749
5121 Sante Fe Ct
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Areas Served: Howard County & Columbia Maryland, Elkridge MD, Scaggsville MD, Clarksville…
Services: tax preparer services, tax return filing, tax rebates, tax consulting

The Best Tax Preparers in Howard County MD Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire

The state of Maryland does not require tax preparers in Howard County MD to qualify for a license but Maryland does require tax preparers to be registered by the state.  Only as of January 1 2016 does registration require passing any kind of comptency exam. Further, the state doesn't require that tax return preparers in Howard County MD have professional liability insurance (such as Errors & Omissions) to reimburse you in the event of loss due to error or negligence.

But even the Maryland state registration is no guarantee that any particular tax preparer in Howard County MD is doing business ethically, is providing value, or satisfying clients.

This makes it all the more significant that all tax return preparers in Howard County MD who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous clients to verify high satisfaction with their tax return preparation, verified liability insurance, verified state registration, best business practices, good complaint record, sufficient length of time in business, and more.

Numerous Services Performed By Tax Return Preparers in Howard County MD
Tax preparation can be performed by CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs), Enrolled Agents (EAs), and CPAs. They can also advise you on tax related issues. EAs (Enrolled Agents) are tax preparers that have passed the special enrollment examination given by the IRS. They can prepare out of state returns, individual income taxes, corporate tax returns, non-profit tax returns, partnership tax returns, sales statements, tax audit representation, and sales tax representation. If the need arises for litigation support, EAs are also qualified to provide IRS representation.

Some tax return preparers in Howard County MD are certified QuickBooks Pro advisers, and they can teach you how to use the program and set it up on your home system for simple records transfers. Many tax professionals, including EAs, offer free initial tax consultation or provide free electronic filling. And if you need extensions with deadlines later in the year than April 15th, good tax return preparers give service all year round.

Some Tax Return Preparers in Howard County MD Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these tax preparers in Howard County: . Other tax preparers in Howard County MD that might still be in business include: .

Questions To Ask Tax Return Preparers in Howard County MD

When it comes to tax preparers in Howard County MD, ask these questions about their abilities, experience, and credentials.

♦ How long have the tax return agents been in the business? (All tax preparers bearing the Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have had their sufficient length of time in business verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

♦ What computer programs do the tax preparation services use for record keeping?

♦ What are the service rates for tax preparation services? Do the tax preparers have a rate chart available?

♦ What tax preparer certifications do they hold?

• Will they give you the name and numbers of some clients you can call as references? (All tax return preparers bearing the Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have already had their client references called by our  research staff so you don't have to.)

♦ Do they generally deal with tax preparation for businesses or for individuals?

♦ Do the tax preparers specialize in income tax preparation, federal tax preparation or state tax preparation?

♦ What can the tax preparation services tell you regarding capital gains taxes, estate taxes or tax planning advice?

♦ What are their hours of operation in case you need to reach them?

♦ Will they show you proof of liability insurance (such as Errors & Omissions) which protects you from paying fines in the event of a mistake? (All tax return preparers bearing the Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of professional liability insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

♦ Do they attend continuing education courses? If so, how often? This is important to be able to stay on top of the constant changes in the tax code.

♦ Do the income tax filers have a privacy statement they can file with your records?

♦ Will the tax preparation services store your tax information? If so, for how long?

♦ Will the tax preparation services provide a written contract?

Once you've chosen the best tax preparers in Howard County MD for your specific needs, make sure they are registered with the IRS and have that PTIN (Preparer Tax Identification Number) as is recently required by federal law, and that they are registered with the state of Maryland as required by state law.  If they are an accountant or an EA (Enrolled Agent) make sure they have that corresponding license.  (All tax return preparers bearing the Prime Buyer's Report - TOP 10 symbol have already had their federal and state registration or relevant license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
 

Resources About Tax Return Preparation in Howard County MD


Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations Related to Tax Preparers in Howard County MD

BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
IRS Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov
NAEA National Association of Enrolled Agents www.naea.org
NATC National Association of Tax Consultants www.natctax.org
NATP National Association of Tax Professionals www.natptax.com
NATP-MD National Association of Tax Professionals Maryland Chapter www.natptax.com/Chapters/Pages/MarylandDCDelawareChapter.aspx
MTA Maryland Taxpayers Association www.mdtaxes.org
MSATP Maryland Society of Tax Professionals www.msatp.org
Maryland/DC Society of Enrolled Agents www.naea.org/state-affiliates/marylanddc-society-enrolled-agents

Media Regarding Tax Return Preparers in Howard County MD

International Tax Review
Journal of the American Taxation Association
Journal of Property Valuation and Taxation
Journal of State Taxation
Journal of Taxation of Investments
Money Magazine
SmartMoney
Taxes-The Tax Magazine

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Tax Preparers in Howard County MD within the following zip codes:

21797, 21794, 21765, 21738, 21737, 21723, 21150, 21104, 21163, 21075, 21041, 21036, 21029, 20794-2, 21046, 21045, 21044, 21043, 21042, 20777, 20763, 20759 and 20701

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Tax Preparers in Howard County MD within the following cities:

Columbia, Elkridge, Ellicott City, North Laurel, Savage-Guilford, Savage, Clarksville, Dayton, Fulton, Highland, Ilchester, Lisbon, Scaggsville, West Friendship and Woodstock