It really does feel like it was just a couple of months ago I was writing about how to best prepare for the 2014 tax season: and here we are, it’s time for the 2015 tax season! Time flies. Now, you may be considering hiring a tax professional to help you this year, and that’s a smart thing.
First, you can try talking with friends or other professional associates who can recommend someone, but you can also find them online. There are several organizations that offer this.
American Institute of CPAs, National Association of Enrolled Agents, and The National Association of Tax Professionals are all great places to start. There is also a sort of Zillow for accountants you can find at Accountantfinder.com and the CPAdirectory.com.
I don’t know too many people who still go to an office to have their returns done, but, whether you do so online or in person, those links should help get you started in finding someone to help you file. Bearing in mind, of course, if you prefer to do it all online: there is no reason you can’t or shouldn’t. It’s not illegal and often, this offers a convenience factor that busy professionals need. I usually still recommend sticking with someone from your actual state because they’ll have a better idea as to how your home state’s taxes may work.
Remember, whoever you hire to help you to prepare your 2015 taxes needs to know about real estate in particular, but also, common issues, concerns and otherwise when it comes to both owning rental properties, but also property management business.