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Hiring a Tax Professional

When it comes to your taxes, deciding when to hire a professional is different for everyone. Here are some guidelines that may help you determine what's right for you.

Consider doing
it yourself if…

Consider hiring a professional if…

  • You're comfortable with numbers
  • Your income is reported on a W2
  • You do not own a home
  • You are single or married and never divorced
  • You have no children or have children from your current marriage living at home and under the age of 19
  • You do not have or contribute to any savings or investment mechanisms
  • You have not experienced any financial or employment disruption
  • You are self employed or have multiple sources of income
  • You are, or have been divorced
  • You have children from a prior marriage
  • You own, are purchasing or selling a home
  • You volunteer your time or contribute monetarily to charitable organizations
  • You have significant medical expenses
  • You are a statutory employee or have expenses from employment that are not reimbursed by your employer
  • You own land, rental properties or other investment mechanisms
  • You are responsible for a deceased individual's final return
  • You are supporting individuals that are not your children.
  • You receive retirement income or distributions from savings mechanisms
  • You have had financial or employment disruption
  • You lack the time and/or desire to plan and prepare your own taxes

In the end it's about making sure you achieve your best tax outcome, so if you're still not sure, give us a call and one of the Total Tax, Inc tax professionals will be glad help you determine the option that is best for you.

When you looking to hire a tax professional you should ask some basic questions:

  • Are they a licensed tax professional (CPA or EA)?
  • Are they established?  How long have they been in business?
  • Do they guarantee their work?
  • Do they have a good BBB rating?
  • Are they transparent regarding their fees?
  • Can they supply references?
  • Is their office environment private?


Hiring an inexperienced or unqualified tax service provider can lead to significant headaches with the IRS and often devistating financial ramifications.  That's why we recommend that taxpayers do their homework.  Asking these 7 questions is a good start. 

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Total Tax, Inc.

1023 W. Lacrosse Ave
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
(208) 664-5767

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