Taxpayer Protection and Preparer Fraud Prevention Act of 2013

Over the past few years we’ve seen the number of cases of fraud go from an occurrence that happened to “someone we know” to something that you can’t avoid reading or hearing about. It’s happening to hundreds of thousands of people in many different forms, but one of the most common forms in the tax world is Preparer Fraud.  Having unregulated and uneducated people preparing tax returns willy nilly doesn’t sound like a very wise idea, but there is always an unsuspecting person ready to be duped.  There will always be a trusting person who relies on the “knowledge” of another, who in turn exploits that trust and benefits financially for having hurt this person.  Not just that one year does this trusting individual make himself vulnerable. Once that unscrupulous preparer have your tax information, they have it always. Your social security number, those numbers of your kids. Some preparers sell that information, while others just hang on to it for future use. Rolodexes of fictitious people ready to be slapped onto a return for a few hundred dollars, but what’s a few hundred when we’re talking about an extra one or two thousand? This is why it’s so important to stop these individual, and so, I urge you, we all urge you, to sign this petition to protect taxpayers and prevent tax preparer fraud.

Posted: April 26, 2013

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