Kristina Melomed

Can You Trust Your Tax Preparer? What Financial Institutions Should Know to Combat a Growing Fraud Risk

By Kristina Melomed | February 13, 2019

Tax return preparer fraud is an area of increasing concern for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS defines tax return preparer fraud as the preparation and filing of false income tax returns containing inflated personal or business expenses, false deductions, unpermitted credits, or excessive exemptions. Unscrupulous preparers may either steal the refund outright, charge a fee based on a percentage of the refund, or collude with the taxpayer to split the proceeds. With return…

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