Tax preparers who charge a fee to do your taxes, but never sign your tax return are breaking the law. No signature? Means no accountability. No proof of existence.
Hiring a tax preparer (often referred to as "ghost tax preparers") will increase your chances for tax fraud, penalties and additional taxes.
Signs or stamps your tax return "self prepared" instead of signing their name. The law REQUIRES paid tax preparers to sign your tax return by first and last name. No exceptions. Always verify they signed the "TAX PREPARER SIGNATURE" line on your state and federal tax returns.
Signs under a business name. Again, their individual name is required by law.
Sticks a business label on your tax return instead of signing their name. Although it may appear like they "signed" it, the copy filed with the government never includes the label. Again, no name. No signature. No proof of existence.
Claims they "forgot" to sign your tax return or "promises" to sign it later.
Always verify the legal status of a tax preparer. Licenses and registrations can be suspended or revoked without notice to you!