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The Baltimore Sun: Comptroller Peter Franchot blocks ‘questionable’ returns from 21 tax preparers, 2 in Anne Arundel County
March 5, 2020
Two Anne Arundel County tax preparers were among 21 such companies at 22 locations in the state whose electronic tax returns were blocked by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot due to “a large volume of questionable returns received," the office announced Thursday in a press release.
“By stopping these deceptive preparers and their unethical behavior, we protect hardworking taxpayers and save the state millions of dollars in unwarranted refunds,” Franchot said in the release. “Our Questionable Returns Detection Team is the best in the business at ensuring fraudulent filings are not processed. This benefits honest taxpayers and safeguards the state’s coffers.”
The two Anne Arundel County locations were Urban Family Tax on Riverview Road in Brooklyn Park and Affordable Financial Services on Carvel Road in Pasadena. A third location, Prestige Tax Office on Spelman Road in Brooklyn was also identified, though it falls just outside of Anne Arundel.
John Brown, the owner of Affordable Financial Services said he has been in business for 20 years and has never had any prior issues.
“I really don’t know to tell you the truth,” Brown said. “Whenever we find out what it is, we’ll take care of it.”
Representatives for Urban Family Tax could not be reached for comment.
The Comptroller’s Office included a list of the tax preparers and other locations that have been blocked:
Baltimore Tax Man LLC, 300 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218
J L Tax Services, 4273 Branch Ave., Temple Hills, MD 20748
LS Tax & Notary Services, 18403 Woodfield Road, Suite C, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
MRS-REFUNDS-TO-GO, 4810 St. Barnabas Road, Suite 204, Temple Hills, MD 20748 & 9300 Lottsford Road, Largo, MD 20774
KG Accounting Service LLC, 3501 Hamilton St., Suite 201-C, Hyattsville, MD 20782
TWA Financial Network LLC, 6215 Greenbelt Road, Suite 303, College Park, MD 20740
A & S Tax Service, 8312 Sunnybrook Court, Brandywine, MD 20613
The agency will refer the offending companies to the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, “which will prioritize the cases to be prosecuted after thorough investigations by agents with the Comptroller’s Field Enforcement Division,” the release said.
The companies will also have a chance to have their filing privileges restored following a review by the Comptroller’s Office.
In 2019, Franchot’s office blocked 24 tax preparers in Maryland and other states, including two locations in Bowie. Since 2007, the office has blocked almost 120,000 such returns and stopped more than $225 million worth of fraudulent refunds, according to the release.
If fraud is suspected, taxpayers are encouraged to report the issue by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.