Tax preparers are people you can enlist to file or help you file your tax return. You can usually find them at accounting firms or law offices, as well as at nationally franchised, tax-preparation services. There are also tax preparers that operate on a smaller level and are only open during tax-filing season. Many of these temporary operations can be competent, but the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS (I-R-S) reports that these tend to have a higher percentage of mistakes. You should ask friends and family for recommendations when looking for a tax preparer. Also, be sure to inquire about credentials and professional designations. Certified Enrolled agents will have passed rigorous IRS exams and are certified to represent clients in tax court. Certified public accountants and tax lawyers, on the other hand, are licensed to practice by the State. If you are unable to call the IRS regarding your return, you can now allow the IRS to discuss your tax return with a friend, family member, or any other person by checking the 'Yes' box in the ‘third party designee’ area. Regardless of whom you choose as a tax preparer, remember that the legal responsibility of filing your taxes is ultimately yours. For more information on tax preparers, talk to a tax advisor or call the toll-free number for federal tax information and assistance at 1-800-829-1040.