Taxpayers, beware! “Ghost” tax preparers are particularly active this time of year. These bad actors refuse to sign tax returns they’ve prepared because they want the preparation fee, but not the responsibility if the IRS challenges the return.

You can avoid these con artists by refusing to work with anyone who:

  • Can’t provide a valid preparer tax identification number,
  • Charges fees based on the size of your refund,
  • Makes false claims about your eligibility for credit and deductions,
  • Tries to have your refund deposited into his or her bank account, or
  • Discourages you from reviewing your return before it’s filed.

To be safe, work with a reputable CPA. And report suspicious tax preparers to the IRS using Form 14157, Return Preparer Complaint.

Questions? Visit with one of our tax experts at (888) 388-1040.