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tax preparer fraud, San Jose tax lawyerMany individuals and businesses turn to a tax preparer for the extra assurance a preparer gives that taxes will be filed properly. While most tax preparers provide a valuable service, some preparers use tax season to scam customers as well as state and federal governments.

Different Schemes Used by Tax Preparers

Tax preparers can set up schemes to defraud in a number of ways. For example, a tax preparer could claim credit or deductions for which the individual was not eligible. A tax preparer could also divert tax refund checks to his or her own bank account.


The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that it will launch a new quality certification program for tax preparers.

The agency recently released new procedures that clearly describe details about the new education program. The Annual Filing Season Program, as it is called, is already a controversial one. The launch of the program came soon after the agency lost several court decisions, over its authority to impose mandated tax preparation programs.

For instance, the American Institute of CPAs has been in the forefront of criticizing the federal agency's plans for launching a tax preparer certification. The American Institute of CPAs says that such a program could even be unlawful. Several other groups have also raised their own objections to the program.

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