Dan Pilla of taxhelponline.com, Choosing a tax preparer might seem easy, but did you know that most preparers work part-time and have little experience dealing with the IRS? This year, the IRS will issue about 36 million penalties. Nearly 4 million people will face liens and levies, over 1 million will be audited and tens of millions will receive confusing notices. Believe me, not just anyone can handle your tax return. So here are five tips to hiring a tax pro: 1. He should know how to audit-proof your tax return. The IRS has forms for this and prevention is cheaper than cure. 2. He should know how to cancel penalties. There are procedures for this, too, and it’s very effective when you do it right. 3. He should know about the extension of time to pay taxes. This is a well-kept secret but can be done if you know how. 4. He should know how to prove deductions if you lost receipts, and 5. He should have experience defending people before the IRS.