Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NY Uncovers Fraud at 30% of Tax Preparers

From an Albany Times Union profile of William Comiskey, Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement in the New York State Tax Department:

[W]e've done a little project on tax preparers. We go out pretending to be tax payers ... we've done it at 170 different tax preparers. Fifty-one of them have prepared bad returns that are just horribly fraudulent.

(Hat Tip: Mary O'Keeffe.)

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That is a large number. Of course, I am humbled as well when I note that the IRS has stated that even its own VITA project makes errors (not fraud) in 40% of its audited cases.

Posted by: hah | Aug 18, 2009 2:03:26 PM