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Taxpayers Take Note: A Fraudulent Return Preparer Means the Statute of Limitations on Assessment Never Ends by ROBERT HORWITZ

Each year the majority of taxpayers who retain the services of return preparers to navigate the complexities of the tax laws to ensure the filing of accurate returns are in good hands. However, countless numbers of taxpayers who look to others to assist in this often daunting task discover years later, when the IRS knocks, that their returns were actually prepared by return preparers who are incompetent, poorly trained, or who knowingly prepare false returns claiming deductions and, credits to which the taxpayer is not entitled. The continuing problem with such return preparers has been repeatedly highlighted by the National Taxpayer Advocate in her Annual Report to Congress. These types of return preparers are the targets of IRS civil and criminal investigations.

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