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Tax Scams with Jo Ann Deal

Jo Ann Deal, President and CEO from Better Business Bureau of Northeast Louisiana join us to talk about Tax Scams.
TAX SCAMS are costly

KARD: There is never a shortage of Tax scams!
BBB: The IRS has begun its campaign to warn taxpayers about IDENTITY THEFT. From Baton Rouge and IRS spokes person reminds us that in North Louisiana and Southern Mississippi a group cheated church members out of large amounts of money by setting up appointments with congregations to get a great deal on the fee to prepare the returns.

KARD: What other schemes are there?
BBB: In New Orleans a tax preparer padded the refund claims and had the refund check sent to herself so she could get her part out of the return!

KARD: Are there any Monroe Area stories?
BBB: Last year a consumer reported a tax preparer have refunds sent to himself and having clients met him to go to money desks and give him a cut of the cashed refund after they had already paid him a a preparer fee.

KARD: Are there tips to select a tax preparer?
BBB: At www.irs.com there a very specific instructions and you can ask for credentials to check out tax preapers. Just a few tips are
-Never use a preparer who claims to obtain larger refunds
-Avoid those who base their fee on a percentage of the refund
-Consider if they will be around if you are audited
-NEVER SIGN BLANK FORM

BBB Northeast Louisiana
1900 N. 18th Street, Suite 411
Monroe, LA 71201
(318)387-4600
nela.bbb.org

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