Follow this guide to find tax help you can trust.

By Kerri Anne Renzulli
March 01, 2016

This article originally appeared on Money.

Changing tax laws, easy-to-overlook deductions, and the seemingly endless series of tax forms can lead to a lot of confusion come filing time. If you feel like you could use some help with your return, you’re not alone—more than half of taxpayers hire a professional preparer, the IRS finds.

You need to pick your tax preparer carefully, though. You are legally responsible for the information on your return, no matter who helps you fill it out. And you’re trusting this person with your most personal information, including your income, children’s names, Social Security number—all of your financial life.

While many pros provide outstanding service, the IRS receives reports each year of taxpayers fraud. In 46 states, according to a National Consumer Law Center report, hairdressers face more regulatory requirements than tax preparers do. And even honest preparers can get it wrong: In an undercover investigation in 2014, the Government Accountability Office found that only two of 19 tax preparers calculated the correct refund.

Follow MONEY’s four-step guide to finding the tax professional you need.

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