Is it better or worse to prepare returns in front of clients? Tax pros differ over whether it’s better to have the client present so they can answer questions, or to prepare the return distraction and check their work before sharing it with the client.

“I prepare returns in front of clients most of the time and have for about 50 years,” said Marilyn Meredith, of Michigan-based Meredith Tax Service. “This is the most efficient and most thorough way of preparing returns.”

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