Good morning. It depends. The tax preparer would not be liable for the taxes owed in any case because the taxpayer would have owed the tax anyway. As to whether or not the tax preparer would be liable to the taxpayer for any interest and penalties, that will depend upon what caused the additional taxes to be assessed. If the tax preparer was negligent in the preparation of the return, then the tax preparer would have liability for the interest and penalties. But, if the additional tax was not as a result of negligence, but rather due to certain deductions being disallowed or not substantiated such as business deductions, charitable deductions, car allowances, etc., then the fault would lie with the taxpayer and the tax preparer would have no liability.
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