Independent tax preparers v. e-filing

Independent tax preparers keep busy despite e-filing popularity
Independent tax preparers keep busy despite e-filing popularity

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - Tax season is upon us and as many turn to e-filing, independent tax-preparers aren't necessarily suffering.

For 18 years, president of Tax Works, Dorothy Moore has had a large, steady clientele base.

"Kids that were babies that are now grown, filing their own taxes here because their parents did," Moore explained.

The independent tax-preparer serves over 1,500 people across the nation.

"When people move off, they keep me. So I have clients all over the United States as far as California," Moore told Region 8 News.

Though e-filing has become a popular choice to get your taxes done, Moore explained those clients who do choose to e-file usually return

"Because they're saying 'I've messed up. I don't know what I've done, I've lost money!'"

Moore said though e-filing might be a better option for some, the wrong click of a button could land others in trouble.

"E-filing is a great thing, but there's a 50/50 chance that you're gonna get an audit," Moore said. "Because if you don't know what you're doing, you could end up getting credits for things you shouldn't get credits for."

Moore went on to explain that could land you in trouble with the IRS.

"Because if it falls in the cracks and the IRS catches it, you're gonna pay that money back and you really don't even know what you did, you did it honestly."

Moore said despite the popularity of e-filing, she doesn't feel that she or other independent tax preparers will suffer from it in the long run.

"Too many people like online filing, my clients, however, they like where they're at and they're not going anywhere."

Moore told Region 8 News 75% of her clientele is business based.

The deadline to file taxes is April 15.

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