Your personal situation will dictate what kind of tax preparer you should hire. (pixabay.com) Q. Your recently explained the categories of tax preparers. My question is how to select the right one for me? -- Working guy A. Choosing the wrong tax preparer could cost you thousands of dollars over time. Each taxpayer has different needs, so the complexity of your return counts a lot here. Bernie Kiely, a certified financial planner and certified public accountant with Kiely Capital Management in Morristown, said there are three questions you must ask prospective tax preparers: Will you be available all twelve months of the year if I have questions about past tax returns or future tax periods?