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Owe Back Taxes? 5 Real Reasons You Need a Tax Resolution Expert NOW

why you need a tax expert for your back taxes

Back taxes are bottomless pits. They come along when you fail to disclose all your income, don’t file your tax return, or don’t pay all your taxes. No matter how innocent you are, that first step toward back taxes can cost you much more in future. It can be a daunting task to try to… Read more »

IRS Penalties That Tax Preparers Can Face

  While taxpayers are legally responsible for the items on their return, tax preparers can also face penalties for fraudulent or reckless conduct. These penalties can even apply to “ghost tax preparers” who don’t sign the returns they prepare.

Criminal Tax Exposure for CPAs and Other Tax Preparers

  Tax preparers such as CPAs face a lot of pitfalls and potential traps when dealing with clients. In case such an event happens, only a qualified tax defense attorney can help to resolve the criminal tax exposure that CPAs face. Although CPAs help clients to sort out their taxation problems, they are often the… Read more »

What is Tax Preparer Fraud?

stolen tax refund

  Tax preparer fraud involves illegal conduct by a tax preparer and can take many different forms: The tax preparer may direct your refund to their bank account instead of yours. The tax preparer may not be qualified to prepare your return. Your refund may be fraudulently inflated to get your business or earn commissions… Read more »

Tax Preparer Audit Red Flags

Why the IRS Investigates Preparers Profiling is illegal in criminal court, but it happens all the time in tax court cases. That’s especially true among tax preparer investigations, as T-men usually look for “red flags” to decide which tax prepares to audit. Some red flags in personal 1040s include even-number deduction claims (e.g. monthly utilities… Read more »

Top Three Reasons The IRS Will Audit Tax Preparers

Learn to Avoid IRS Tax Preparer Audits The best way to eliminate the consequences of a dangerous situation is to know how to avoid that situation in the first place.  There are many reasons the IRS might want to audit a tax preparer.  Below is a brief discussion of the top 3 reasons why the… Read more »

What You Need To Know About Tax Preparer Investigations

Professional tax preparers are not only held to a higher standard when they prepare their return, they are also held to a higher standard in terms of tax preparer investigations.  This is due in large part  to the way many  law enforcement agencies — including the Criminal Investigation Division at the IRS — conisder a… Read more »

Your Responsibilities As A Tax Preparer

Tax Preparer Audit

Basic Due Diligence Requirements for Tax Preparers Christmas usually comes a little late for most third-party tax preparers, as most of these professionals do the bulk of their business in the first quarter of the year. Although various do-it-yourself platforms, such as TurboTax, have cut into their market-share over the past several years, there are… Read more »

Don’t Write Off the Importance of Finding a Good Tax Preparer

According to founding father, prolific inventor and famous kite flyer, Benjamin Franklin, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  He did manage to get his face on the $100 bill so I think it is safe to say he knew what he was talking about.  While this is… Read more »

Tax-Related Identity Theft: A Tax Preparer Alert

Tax Preparers: Be on the Alert for Tax-Related Identify Theft Tax preparers are in a position to help their clients in a way that may not be immediately obvious: detecting tax-related identify theft. If there is an illegal way to make money, somebody is doing it, and thieves are stealing social security numbers to file… Read more »