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Simply Money: Tips on which professionals to use to handle taxes

Filing your taxes can be confusing and stressful, which is why so many of us farm it out to professionals. While most of those preparers are honest, some are "not." FOX19 NOW's financial news expert Nathan Bachrach has some ways to spot the good ones.

First-make sure they have an IRS preparer tax identification number, or *PTIN* for 2015. That means they're certified to prepare federal returns.

Make sure you can reach them after April 15, in case you're audited or there's a glitch with your return.

If a preparer promises you "a bigger refund" than you'd find elsewhere, that's a red flag. Be wary, too, of any preparer whose fee is based on a percentage of your refund.

Make sure they'll use e-file! Paper returns take at least a week longer to process-meaning a delayed refund.

Remember-if you made $60,000 or less in 2014, you should be able to use the IRS "free file" program at irs.gov.

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