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ABC 2: Comptroller Franchot halts returns from nine tax preparers

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Comptroller Peter Franchot ordered his office to stop processing electronic tax returns from nine tax preparers from around the state.

The preparers were flagged after a the Comptroller's Office noticed a high volume of questionable returns.

"My top priority is to protect Maryland taxpayers and detecting fraudulent tax returns," Franchot said. "We want to make sure the tax refunds we issue are legitimate and go to the correct taxpayers."

The businesses were sent written notice of the action and will have the opportunity to have their filing privileges restored.

Just last year the Comptroller's Office blocked returns at 95 tax preparation businesses.

The recent list of blocked tax preparers is: Magino & Associates, 18943 Red Robin Terrace, Germantown, MD 20874 Accurate Taxes, 616 E. Patapsco Ave., Brooklyn, MD 21225 1-866MoblTax Inc., 4812 St. Barnabas Road, Suite 6, Temple Hills, MD 20748 R & M Hannan LLC, 7751 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Glen Burnie, MD 21060 Rhonda’s Tax Service Inc., 5801 Allentown Road, Suite 303, Suitland, MD 20746 A & R Tax Accounting Service Inc. (aka A R TAX AND ACCOUNTING INC), 47 Peabody St. NE, Washington, DC 20011 Tax Time, 3902 Ednor Road, Baltimore, MD 21218 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, 1912 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401 Precise Tax and Accounting Service, 7521 New Hampshire Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912 If taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller's Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937).

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