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Texas Attorney General Provides Tips to Avoid Becoming A Tax Scam Victim

Date Added: April 14, 2010 10:17:45 PM
Author: James Jones
Category: Tax

According to the Internal Revenue Service, as many as 1.2 million individuals earn fees for preparing Americans’ tax returns. Over the years, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has received numerous complaints about tax preparers who fail to file tax returns on time, charge excessive fees, fail to secure anticipated refunds and fail to return personal financial documents to customers. Texans have also voiced concerns about tax preparers making errors on their customers’ tax returns or disappearing after returns are filed. To avoid becoming a tax return scam victim, the OAG urges Texans to take four quick steps before hiring a tax return preparation professional: • Ask for the tax preparer’s credentials. • Check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints against the tax preparer. • Verify whether the tax preparer is a certified public accountant. • Make sure the business is open year-round in the event clients need to ask follow-up questions about their returns.
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