5 Tips to Finding Legitimate Tax Consultants: Avoid These 4 Red Flags

Finding Reputable Tax Consultants - Rush Tax Resolution

If you run into problems with the tax man, it’s time to find tax consultants who can help you navigate through the process, but watch out for these 4 red flags.

The US tax system is far from simple. While every US taxpayer has an obligation to keep up with their filing requirements and tax return preparation, it’s easy to get lost in the web of rules and regulations surrounding our tax code, and the different forms the IRS might ask you to submit. There are forms of making large cash payments, forms for certain acts of charity, forms for declaring income outside of your day job, forms for foreign assets, and more.

If you’re having trouble keeping up with it all, your best bet is to get in touch with professional tax consultants. But tax preparation services vary in what they do and don’t offer, and it’s easy to get hurt by teaming up with the wrong tax consultant and preparation service. Even worse is becoming a victim of a tax prep scam, a problem every taxpayer should be aware of.


Finding Reputable Tax Consultants

If you’ve never hired tax consultants or preparation services before, knowing what to look for – and what to beware – can help. Here are our basic pointers.


Ensure That They’re Licensed

Professional tax consultants and preparers typically do work in financial, accounting, or legal industries, and the best ones will be accredited lawyers, certified public accountants, enrolled agents, or professionals who have attended and completed the IRS’s Annual Filing Season program with a title such as Accredited Business Accountant, Accredited Business Advisor, or Accredited Tax Preparer.

These are a lot of different titles, so it helps to narrow your search down by using online directories.

The IRS has its own directory of tax professionals with a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), which can give you a shortlist of professionals near you. You can identify services by PTIN-holding tax professionals with the following credentials:


Ask for a PTIN

Speaking of a PTIN, it’s important to ask your tax preparer to present theirs. The IRS requires anyone who performs professional tax preparation services to have a PTIN. It’s important to distinguish volunteer tax preparers from ones who ask for financial compensation.

If you get your uncle to do your taxes, because he’s a savant in tax law and has offered to help you out, then you obviously won’t need him to get a PTIN or note it down in your return. But if you’re paying someone to take care of your taxes, every return they prepare must have their PTIN included in it.


What Organizations Do They Belong To?

Aside from credentials, one way to further cement the competence and reputation of your prospective tax consultants is by finding out what organizations and associations they belong to.

Membership in the local Bar, the National Association of Tax Professionals, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and other similar national and state-level organizations requires that any given member act in accordance with the ethical and professional standards of the organization.

Being a member is a good sign, as it means the preparer you’re working with has held themselves to high standards within the industry.


Check Their Reputation

You can go a step further and leverage online review systems to get a better idea of what it’s like to work with this professional in the long-term. What do former clients have to say about them? How well do they curate their online image? Do they have reviews on the BBB, Google, or Yelp, and what do these reviews mention?

An online reputation isn’t everything, of course. Reviews can be bought, competitors can be review bombed, and one vindictive client with an exaggerated horror story can cost a company dozens of potential clients down the line.

But it doesn’t hurt to give any prospective tax professional a cursory online search and find out more about their client history.


Can They Represent You?

A questionable tax return, a forgotten detail, a puzzling or unique life, or just bad luck. These are some of the factors that might lead to an inquiry by the IRS, a potential IRS audit notification, and even a collection action on tax debt. When things go awry with the government, it helps to have a legal professional representing you.

But not all tax preparers are legal professionals. Some tax preparers can represent you in front of the IRS on matters such as payment, collection issues, and potential audits. These include enrolled agents, attorneys, and CPAs. Some tax professionals can only represent you under a limited capacity, such as those who completed the Annual Filing Season Program.

Some tax preparers can represent you, but don’t offer to do so as part of their preparation services, out of availability issues, or as part of their low-cost offering.

Be sure about what services you are and aren’t paying for when looking for tax consultants. It’s always best to work with a legal professional who not only offers to represent you, but is also communicative, keeps track of your tax history, and will follow up for other issues.

Of course, cost matters too. Don’t be afraid to compare and contrast between services.


4 Important Red Flags to Keep an Eye On When Searching For Tax Consultants

Just as there are tips and tricks for getting the best tax consultants on your side, there are also important red flags that you can’t afford to miss.


1. They Don’t E-File

It’s not just a matter of being old-fashioned. Tax consultants who do not offer the option of e-filing probably aren’t doing as much tax preparation work as they claim to do. The IRS requires all paid preparers who do more than ten returns a year to file electronically via the IRS’s online system.


2. They Ask You to Sign a Blank Return

Never sign a blank return. Fraudulent tax preparers and scammers can use signed blank returns to fudge the details, omit income, and even include their own bank details to steal your tax refunds.


3. They’re Sending and Receiving Via Email

Financial security is crucial when working on your taxes. Diligent and modern tax consultants will exchange only the bare minimum of details via email and will otherwise insist on secure and encrypted file sharing services when discussing your tax returns and working remotely.


4. They Barely Ask Questions

A good tax preparer should know that the average layman won’t remember to bring up every relevant detail during the first interview.

While you should be asking questions to satisfy your own curiosities and learn more about your tax consultants’ history and experience in the field, you should also expect to hear a lot of questions coming from your tax preparer if they’re serious about representing you and providing the best possible service.

Spotting the difference between a good and bad tax preparer can save you a small fortune, and plenty of headaches. Take your time, compare your options, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

If you are looking for a qualified and professional tax consultant, contact Rush Tax Resolution today. We can help get you back into good standing with the IRS.

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Another 5 Star Review for our top gun staff at Rush Tax Resolution.

Rush Tax Resolution family have been nothing short of a God send company!

RTR is a family that spends quality time working with its members/clients to assist in all questions and concerns regards their tax issues.

I also solute their efforts and professionalism they display when working with clients who may be swimming in tax debt and not seeing the light at the end of their tunnels. Lastly, they break it down in simple terms, so anyone may understand that there are options to finding that light at the end of that tunnel.

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I want to say I was having a lot of IRS issues and had heard many people offer to help but ignored the advertisements as not believable. But then I heard the ad for Rush Tax Resolution and their no complaint claim. Not falling for easy claims I checked it out but still waited but finally heard it again on the radio and called was connect with Khristina Ramirez was was a big help from day one and I am not an easy client as I had many personal issues to deal with besides taxes yet she has always been their never pushing too hard and finally got my tax issued resolved and is now preparing my last tax return. Very helpful wish I had not waited. Great service reviews from Thomas L, (zip code: 91402) on 07/31/2018

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Michael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host and bestselling author. His daily three hour show reaches 300 stations across the country.  He has an audience of more than 4 million people.  Thus, placing him, for nearly two decades, on the Talkers Magazine list of the top ten political talk shows in the United States.



Born in Philadelphia, Michael attended public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles. Next, he attended Yale at age 16 as a National Merit Scholar. He majored in American History and graduated with honors.  After that, he attended Yale Law School, where his classmates included Bill and Hillary Clinton.




Michael’s columns on politics and media appear regularly in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He is a member of the Board of Contributors. His work as a film critic, based on short-lived  experience as a Hollywood screen writer, featured positions at CNN (1980-84),Great Britain’s Channel 4 Network (1984), and PBS (1985-96) where he served as co-host of the popular weekly show Sneak Previews. He was also Chief Film Critic of the New York Post for five years before launching his daily radio show in 1996.



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Too Many Positive Reviews to Post…

Too many positive testimonials from actual clients to post them all, however we would like to sincerely thank all of our clients for taking the time to share their positive experiences with Rush Tax Resolution

Here are some of the most recent – last 30 day testimonials that were posted by our happy clients on YELP and the BBB…

o Jesse S.
o West Sacramento, CA

1/11/2018 – 5 STAR
The name says it all. Tax resolution! Me and my wife were in a huge hole with state and federal tax debt from years ago that we didn’t take care of. It all caught up to us and we had bank accounts levied and other problems. We called rush tax and they resolved everything! Over $50k of tax debt paid for only $100.00, unbelievable! If you have any tax debt call them now! They will make sure you are taken care of! Definitely will recommend!


o S S.
o Hesperia, CA

1/11/2018 5 STAR
Rush Tax Resolution is ASTONISHING! Called Mike from a radio advertisement. He put us on an affordable payment plan, then they got our OIC approved within 3 months for only 6.25% of our total back tax debt! We cannot thank the Rush tax team enough for taking on our case and representing us. They are true tax professionals! I highly recommend Rush Tax Resolution for your back tax issues. Don’t wait any longer, call them today!


o Christine L.
o Torrance, CA

12/19/2017 5 STAR
Called them for assistance with tax issues and it was a breeze to deal with them! No pressure, and very informative. They were straight forward and easy to work with. Explained my situation and they worked out a plan to fit my case.

I’ve only been in contact with them a few times but I’m very confident in their skills and ability to resolve my situation. I will update once I have my final results but as of now I’m extremely happy with the customer service, communication and flexibility.


o Kevin M.
o Los Angeles, CA

12/19/2017 5 STAR
I contacted JOE DePompeis at Rush Tax one DAY before leaving the country for a business trip. Joe was super calm, and patient. He listened to my situation with the IRS, and gave me his advice. He told me what his firm could do for me. He even stated that they’d get to work ASAP even though I would be out of the country.

His colleagues contacted me with updates. Joe and his team are the best! They are very transparent and they excel at communicating thoroughly with the client and delivering results! Thanks for everything Joe and Fred!


Gail R.

I contacted Rush Tax Resolution because I heard a good review from one of my favorite radio talk show host. I checked out their reviews and several other tax resolution firms. I tried to do my own offer of compromise which was a VERY Big And Costly Mistake!! Don’t go it alone like it did! So, I choose Rush because of their 5 star rating with no complaint reviews… plus their was no high pressure and they were willing to work with me payment wise. I was incredibly grateful to have Vanessa assigned to my case. She was prompt in returning my calls and updating me. She was so patient with me with the state of stress I was in. The IRS said I owed $103K and was resolved for $25K. I will recommend Vanessa and the Rush team to anyone who wants help with their IRS tax issues. ****


David T.

My name is Dave *********, I called rush tax resolution a few months ago, I was looking at having my wages garnished, bank account seized. I owned something like 73,000.00 In back taxes. I called, spoke with Joseph, with in minutes, he new what had to happen, I was put in touch with Khristina, she is amazing, I was able to do everything via text and email, so I was able to keep working. They worked there magic. I have a payment plan I can live with, no more worries about losing what little I Have, the letters stopped almost right away. I would definitely call them right away if you need help. Very professional, extremely polite. I give them a 10 out of 10.


Ray S.

I initially contacted Rush Tax through a good friend who Fred **** had helped with a tax issue. He had nothing but great things to say about the professionalism, service and speed with which his case was handled. I had several years of tax returns with both the Franchise Tax Board and Internal Revenue Service that I had just filed and was very uncomfortable with dealing with these entities. Fred walked me through the process and put my mind at ease. He recruited the help Vanessa ******* to handle my case. I know I’m not the easiest person to work with because I am hard to get a hold of and my paperwork is not always readily available but she somehow managed. Vanessa was courteous, fast and efficient and always called to update me on the progress of my case. She was very professional and always on top of things and settled what I thought would be a difficult case in a very short amount of time! They say that sometimes things are too good to be true? In Rush Tax Resolution’s case it is true! I would highly recommend Fred and especially Vanessa for all your tax resolution needs!


Robert K.

Just wanted to say that I had the distinct pleasure of working with both Sattar and Vanessa ******* and they were both exceedingly pleasant, efficient, professional and seamless to work with. I was perhaps not the easiest client to work with as I was in and out of town and didn’t always have my paperwork fully in order. They were most patient with me and walked me through the process every step of the way. I am indeed thankful and grateful that I made the decision to work with Rush Tax Service and look forward to doing so again in the future.

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