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In another, abusive tax preparers used clients’ Social Security numbers and other
information to file false tax returns without the clients’ knowledge.
Last year the IRS shut down a scheme in which perpetrators used e-mail to
announce to unsuspecting taxpayers that they were “under audit” and could set
matters right by divulging sensitive financial information on an official-looking
Web site. Taxpayers should note that the IRS does not use e-mail to contact
people about issues related to their accounts.
Helpful Hints When Choosing a Return Preparer
No matter who prepares your tax return, you the home business owner and
taxpayer, are ultimately responsible for all of the information on your tax return.
1. Never sign a blank tax return.
2. Avoid tax preparers who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers.
3. Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the amount of the refund.
4. Use a reputable tax professional who signs your tax return and provides you with a copy for your records.
5. Consider whether the individual or firm will be around to answer questions about the preparation of your tax return months, or even years, after the return has been filed.
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