Just because a tax preparer put up a shop doesn’t mean it’s legitimate

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It’s your money and the IRS wants you to beware of “not so honest” tax preparers.

The IRS is seeing a trend where so called tax preparers are having people fill out a blank form.

The criminal then puts bogus numbers on it, asks for a direct deposit, and the money goes into their bank account instead of yours.

The IRS says make sure the return you sign has your correct information, and that you get a copy so if someone tries to submit a different from, you have a copy to refer back to.

Security expert Carrie Kerskie said, “Just because someone has a shop and put a shingle outside and says tax preparer doesn’t mean they are actually going to do it.”

If a tax preparer guarantees you are going to get the highest refund or they guarantee you’ll get a certain amount back before they’ve even looked at your documents, that’s a huge red flag.

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