All of the tax forms have been sent and the commercials for tax software and free federal return prep have been running for weeks. Your audience is wondering: Should I do it myself or hire a professional? Taxpayers are the only ones responsible for their tax return – even when audited – so the decision of who prepares them is critical. Tax experts at the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA) recommends taxpayers ask a few questions before filing:

  • How complicated is my return?
  • Did I have a major life change this year?
  • Am I familiar with tax code changes?
  • Do I have the time necessary to devote to filing?

Experts from the PICPA can help your audience make the very important decision of whether to go it alone or hire a pro, including what questions to ask to know if the selected preparer is legitimate. To set up an interview with a local CPA, please contact Kathleen Miller at 215-972-6188 or