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The Maryland Independent: Franchot blocks tax returns from suspicious preparers

Comptroller Peter Franchot announced in a press release Monday, March 11, that the agency has stopped processing electronic tax returns from 24 tax preparers at locations in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. The immediate suspensions were due to a high volume of questionable returns received.

During the 2018 tax filing season, 74 tax preparers at 78 locations were flagged, according to the release. Since 2016, 215 tax preparation firms at 228 locations have been suspended due to highly-suspicious tax returns. The complete list of previously blocked preparers is available online at www.marylandtaxes.gov.

“Our Questionable Returns Detection Team vigilantly monitors tax filings and is constantly keeping a watchful eye for unscrupulous preparers who submit false returns, causing financial harm to individual filers and their families and to the State of Maryland's coffers. Blocking these swindlers and protecting hardworking Maryland taxpayers is the agency’s top priority each tax season,” Franchot (D) said in the release.

The agency refers the list of tax preparers to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, which will prioritize the cases to be prosecuted after thorough investigations by agents with the Comptroller's Field Enforcement Division. A review process provides an opportunity for blocked preparers to have their filing privileges restored.

Among the tax preparers and locations blocked from filing returns through this action are:

• CPG & Associates LLC, 5206 Grunion Place, Waldorf MD 20603.

• Valerie Robinson Tax Service, 12438 Old Colony Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

• Excellent Tax Professional, 18216 Merino Drive, Accokeek, MD 20607.

Since taking office in 2007, Franchot and his office has identified and blocked more than 100,000 fraudulent returns and intercepted and denied $206 million worth of fraudulent refunds.

If taxpayers suspect fraud, they should immediately report the issue to the Comptroller's Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or emailing taxhelp@comp.state.md.us.

https://www.somdnews.com/independent/news/briefs/franchot-blocks-tax-returns-from-suspicious-preparers/article_7b8d3b75-f8cc-5adf-94ff-abe738d55161.html

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