Quick Way To Find A Tax Preparer

Staten Island business bank says some first-timers may need a starting point


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Employees who may still need a tax preparer for the first time might welcome some water-cooler ideas on how to go about finding one.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based commercial bank, offers that there are some guidelines on what to look for.

In this regard, a few pointers from the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) could be helpful.

The organization says enrolled agents (EAs) are the only federally licensed tax practitioners who specialize in taxes and have unlimited rights to represent taxpayers before the IRS.

For single adults who are at the beginning of their careers, income and expenses are relatively straightforward, and filing taxes may seem generally simple. However, life has a way of becoming more complicated.

People marry, have children, start their own businesses, buy homes and make investments. The tax code becomes more difficult to decipher, and tax preparation becomes more complex.

If you accidentally omit an income item on your tax return, you could receive a letter and a bill from the IRS months, or sometimes years, later, NAEA admonishes. You might even pay a penalty for your forgetfulness, along with interest charged from the original due date of the return.

And what about state taxes? What if you move to a different state? What if you live in one state and work in another?

Enrolled agents, NAEA says, are licensed by the federal government and not the individual states, so EAs can practice and prepare tax returns anywhere in the country.

One last tip about hiring tan EA tax professional: Someone who specializes in taxes and tax planning has the best chance of saving you money and helping you with your finances for next year, NAEA asserts.

The organization's website at naea.org has a “Find an Agent” function. Clicking on it and then entering a Staten Island ZIP code onto its search page will produce a list of Staten Island EAs with their addresses and phone numbers.



About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office is in the community of Great Kills, and branches are in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

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