JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Most taxpayers are legitimate, but there are some out there who are fraudulent. The IRS said there are a number of red flags that you should watch out for:
- Those trying to rip you off will claim they can get you larger refunds than other preparers.
- Watch out for those who base their fee on a percentage of the amount of the refund.
- Be sure to use a professional that signs and punches in a tax preparer identification number on your return and gives you a copy for your records.
The IRS also advises not sign a blank tax form.
“If you are going to a tax preparer, make sure you go to a reputable tax preparer, not a fly by night. You want someone who has history in the area so that you have a tax return preparer,” said Demetrius Hardeman, Assistant Special Agent in Charge at IRS criminal investigation in Atlanta.
Moss Point native Talvesha Glaude, who owned a business under several different names including TMG Tax Service and Regional Tax Service, received a nearly two-year prison sentence for preparing false tax returns.