It’s probably one of the most frustrating and time-consuming jobs in tax prep: fixing the mistakes of preparers who mangled a business or individual return before you saw it.

Many problems seem to stem from bad communication. “The greatest number of items I find is the number of items that the previous preparer didn’t ask the taxpayer about, [and] leaving out of the return many deductions,” said Paul French, an RTRP in Johnston, Iowa.

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