A large part of my practice involves amending tax returns for inflated deductions, misrepresentations and errors caused by tax return preparers in an effort to create large refunds for clients and build their customer base.
Dishonest Tax Preparers:
Considerable effort should go into choosing your tax preparer, as you – the taxpayer – are ultimately responsible for filing a complete and accurate return. Because many states have no licensing requirement, I advise to pick a return preparer who is accountable, meaning they are governed by IRS practice standards. This group of tax professionals most includes CPA’s, attorneys, enrolled agents, registered tax return preparers and can be sanctioned by the IRS’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
Penalties & Reasonable Cause:
Though, the taxpayer is ultimately responsible for paying the correct amount of tax, reliance on a dishonest tax preparer may constitute reasonable cause in evaluating whether penalties should be abated. If you have been the victim of a dishonest tax preparer, please contact a DC Tax Attorney today to develop a strategy.