While it’s important to know how to prepare your taxes and to know how the federal tax system works, increasingly, people are turning to tax preparers to perform this annual chore. However, Samuel James, of Tax Firm, warns that not all tax services are alike and that asking around for a recommendation is critical. “No one likes to throw money away and that is exactly what you may be doing at a time when you could be saving a considerable amount,” James warns. “Tax preparation companies ‘pop up’ around tax time and often know just as much, or less, than you do about properly filing tax returns.” James notes that tax preparation and filing is a legal obligation and one that requires expertise. If you’re going to use a preparation service, make sure it’s a professional, certified service, such as Tax Firm.