The IRS has officially started accepting 2016 tax returns for processing. More than 180 million tax returns will be processed this year, many of them prepared by tax practitioners. The practice of accountants and tax preparers is one of the most heavily regulated and ethical professions. Moreover, we firmly believe the vast majority of tax preparers are reputable, competent and trustworthy individuals. Despite the ethical and regulatory frameworks, there are tax preparers that do not follow even the core principles of the profession. Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service advises taxpayers to apply scrutiny and choose wisely. Based on the IRS recommendations and our perception of good business practices, we have selected the top 10 tips on choosing a legitimate tax professional.