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Press Release | January 30, 2013
February 19, 2015 | January 30, 2013 | August 14, 2012
Tax Filing Season Opens with Official Launch and "Ask A Tax Preparer" Mobile App
New York, January 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Coinciding with today's IRS launch of tax season and their acceptance of returns for e-filing, is the release of the free "Ask A Tax Preparer" mobile app. Over 500 participating licensed tax professionals from around the nation will provide individuals and businesses that download this app with free answers to their tax questions throughout tax season.

The "Ask A Tax Preparer" app includes a comprehensive database of answers to more than 2,500 tax questions, and even includes the latest fiscal cliff tax changes recently passed by Congress. Users of the app can simply choose a category and search for the answer to their question in the tax archive. If unable to find the answer to a question, users have the option to type their question and send it to local participating tax preparers whom will answer it for free within 48 hours. The question and its answer will then be added to the robust tax archive for future inquiries. Additionally, those who would like to locate a licensed tax professional can use the app to "Find a Tax Pro" by ZIP Code. "Ask A Tax Preparer" is available for free download and use on the Apple and Android platforms.

Tax season is getting started late this year because of last minute tax law changes made by Congress under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). The IRS could not process returns earlier as this fiscal cliff legislation retroactively modified the tax laws for 2012, requiring tax forms and software to be corrected. The most common tax changes enacted under this fiscal cliff legislation that effect 120 million households can be found on the "Ask A Tax Preparer" mobile app.

"Ask A Tax Preparer" was released by, the first online searchable database of over 700,000 federally PTIN registered tax preparers. As of 2011, all tax professionals were required to obtain from the IRS a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) and register their "license" annually. was made possible as a direct result of the Freedom of Information Act. Under the Freedom of Information Act the Internal Revenue Service was required to make tax preparer information available to the public. is the only comprehensive directory where you can actually search for a licensed tax preparer by language criteria. is owned by the National Directory of Registered Tax Return Preparers & Tax Professionals, Ltd. The company currently is focused on providing licensed tax professionals including CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and Registered Tax Return Preparers with the resources they need to succeed in this rapidly-changing and regulated environment. For more information on this free tax resource for your mobile phone, go to

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