Monday, May 20 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:05:55 GMT
Authorities are urging motorists to avoid I-10 West and East bound at mile marker 25 due to a tanker truck on fire. Fire crews are still working to extinguish flames on an 18-wheel oil tanker. LouisianaMore >>
Louisiana State Police investigated an oil tanker tractor fire on I-10 westbound near mile marker 25 on Sunday afternoon which caused major traffic delays.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:55 AM EDT2013-05-20 10:55:55 GMT
The Sunrise Facebook friend of the day for Monday, May 20 is Greg Lyon from Welsh. If you'd like the chance to be our next Facebook friend of the day, just like the Sunrise Facebook page and leave usMore >>
The Sunrise Facebook friend of the day for Monday, May 20 is Greg Lyon from Welsh.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:05:04 GMT
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:55 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:55:58 GMT
An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:17:04 GMT
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.More >>
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If you believe the old adage you get what you pay for, you may not want to take your taxes just anywhere.
The Better Business Bureau has plenty of tips for choosing a tax preparer right for you.
You can do your taxes yourself, use a computer program like Turbo Tax, use a local tax accountant or a tax preparation service.
Carmen Million with the Southwest Louisiana Better Business Bureau said do your homework to make sure you get someone reliable.
"If you choose to use a tax preparer or CPA or accountant to do your taxes, you really need to investigate before you hire someone. This is a person you are going to give all your personal financial information to, so you really need to do your homework," Million said.
Before you choose someone to do your taxes, you may want to ask them for references. Make sure you check with some satisfied clients.
"You also need to look for warning signs. If a company promises you a large refund, that's a warning sign. If the company refuses to sign the form that they completed for you, that's another warning sign. If they filled out the paperwork but don't want to sign it, then that's something to be wary of," said Million.
And, just in case you're audited, you want to find out if your tax preparer has ever represented someone who was audited or if perhaps they've been denied eligibility to do so.
"You need to investigate and make sure that they've done this before, and you want to make sure that the company that prepares your tax form will be there for you in case you have to defend yourself, if there's an issue brought up from the IRS," Million said.
The United Way provides tax preparation services. Their volunteers must receive training. Michelle McInnis is the United Way Director for Community Initiatives."
You will not get your refund any quicker going to a paid preparer. Everybody sends it to IRS the same way. If you get direct deposit, we could have your refund in as little as seven to ten days. We do not make advance loans on your refund, therefore you get the entire refund in your bank account. We do not deduct any fees or any loan original fees or anything like that," McInnis said.
For more tips on picking a tax preparer click here.