Ask Andy: signs of tax preparer fraud - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Ask Andy: signs of tax preparer fraud

(WMC TV) - In the wake of the Action News 5 Investigators' bust of Parkway Village tax preparer Carline Barrett (for our investigation click here:  http://www.wmctv.com/story/17012315/the-investigators-busted-avoiding-fly-by-night-tax-preparers), these are the signs your return preparer's playing games, according to the IRS:

* PROMISES LARGER-THAN-NORMAL TAX REFUNDS

* ENCOURAGES YOU TO PLACE FALSE INFORMATION ON YOUR RETURN

* WON'T SIGN THE RETURN

* CHARGES A PERCENTAGE OF THE REFUND

* ADDS FORMS YOU'VE NEVER FILED

* REQUIRES YOU TO SPLIT THE REFUND

Return preparer fraud is one of the IRS's "dirty dozen" tax scams. For the rest of them, click here:

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=254501,00.html

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