Tax Fraud Alert for Individuals
Each year, the Department of Revenue identifies unscrupulous tax
return preparers. These individuals prepare fraudulent returns that
allow their clients to receive larger refunds than they are legally
entitled to receive. Often these returns contain fraudulent information
that was included on the tax return without the knowledge or consent
of the client.
To protect yourself from fraudulent activity, you should always review
your completed return with your tax professional. If you do not understand
the information on your return or, if you see information that is
not correct, question your preparer to satisfy your concerns. If you
are not satisfied with the response, notify the Department of Revenue.
Some things that you should watch for include:
- Federal and State refunds that are significantly larger than you have received in past
- Inflated itemized deductions listed on Schedule A of your federal tax return, including
medical expenses, contributions, mortgage interest, and unreimbursed employee expenses such
as education, uniforms and tools, and mileage;
- Improper losses from the operation of a business claimed on Schedule C of your federal
- Returns filed without your paid preparer's signature and tax identification number;
- Excessive tax preparation fees.
If you believe your return was not properly prepared, contact the Department of Revenue toll-free at 1-800-232-4939, or complete a Tax Fraud Referral Form and mail it to the Department. Any information you provide and the source of the information will be kept confidential.
Last modified on:
05/11/09 04:04:50 PM