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WUSA9: Banned tax preparer busted collecting money from unaware clients
March 12, 2019
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: