HYATTSVILLE, Md. — At least one of the 24 tax preparers blocked from filing returns in Maryland due to questionable refund claims was still open for business Tuesday, despite the state sanction.
Kang Solutions LLC in Hyattsville had an office full of clients Tuesday, where WUSA9 observed a preparer working behind a computer next to a desk stacked with completed returns and what appeared to be cash payments next to his keyboard.
A man who identified himself as "Mr. Kang" would not allow WUSA9 to interview clients or take video inside the business.
Mr. Kang said he was unaware that he had been suspended from filing returns on behalf of clients in Maryland.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot announced Monday afternoon his list of 24 banned tax preparers. The majority, like Kang Solutions, are doing business in the D.C. suburbs.
"The immediate suspensions were due to a high volume of questionable returns received," according to the comptroller's announcement.
While the comptroller can reject the returns generated by the firms, the suspensions do not necessarily have the immediate effect of shutting the business' doors.
Many clients will only find out later that their returns to Maryland were rejected.
Franchot said the state suspects fraud in many of the cases.
"The returns they have been submitting electronically are so fraudulent that they trigger our fraud detection unit," Franchot said. "This is not some kind of minor error here. This is what we think is deliberate fraud."
Franchot said common red flags for suspicion are claiming business deductions where there is no business, or wildly increasing deductions compared to previous years in order to inflate a refund claim.
The comptroller warned residents to beware of tax preparers who ask you to sign a blank return or who claim large refunds you did not get in previous years under similar income circumstances.
Returns from the following tax preparers will not be accepted in the State of Maryland as of Monday March 11:
CB2 Consulting LLC, 10410 Kensington Pkwy., Ste. 309, Kensington, MD 20895
Innovative Business Accounting & Taxation Services LLC, 7029 Oak Grove Way, Elkridge, MD 21075
Square & Eagle Group, 2100 McMahon Road, Unit 2122, Silver Spring, MD 20902
Kang Solutions LLC, 6475 New Hampshire Ave., Ste. 504K, Hyattsville, MD 20783
Albert Nsiah, 7104 Hanover Parkway D2, Greenbelt, MD 20770
DonNeshia Tax Service, 6508 Asset Drive, Landover, MD 20785
Sheila’s Tax Service, 7400 Greeley Road, Landover, MD 20785
SW Accounting Associates, 1726 D Street, NE, 1st Floor, Washington DC 20002
CPG & Associates LLC, 5206 Grunion Place, Waldorf MD 20603
Kate E. Whaley, 4110 Lakeview Drive, Temple Hills, MD 20748
Sum Up Tax Services, 6325 Brightlea Drive, Lanham, MD 20706
Richman Financial Services, 8404 Eureka Court, Alexandria, VA 22309
Aldrin F. Ngwa, 13810 Castle Blvd., Apt. 102, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Henry’s Tax LLC, P.O. BOX 4916, Alexandria, VA 22303
Keep It Simple Tax Services, 4309 Rockport Lane, Bowie, MD 20720
Foundation Enterprises LLC, 5729 Janice Lane, Temple Hills, MD 20748
Agadbak Tax and Financial Services, 20137 Welbeck Terrace, Montgomery Village, MD 20886
Dionne Makins, 7301 Flag Harbor Drive, District Heights, MD 20747
Valerie Robinson Tax Service, 12438 Old Colony Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Whites Tax Service, 102 Billy Ave., Archdale, NC 27263
Excellent Tax Professional, 18216 Merino Drive, Accokeek, MD 20607
Keen Taxes And Associates LLC, 2410 Tredway Drive, Macon, GA 31211
Taxjam LLC, 13205 3rd Street, Bowie, MD 20720
M&S Tax Service, P.O. BOX 322, Temple Hills, MD 20757