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I recently received a letter from the IRS, stating that the business where I have been filing my tax returns was being investigated. I was asked to bring copies of my past 5yrs. work of tax filings. In the letter is states that I am not in trouble nor the one being investigated. I complied with the letter completely and thoroughly gathered all my legal documents. Once there I was questioned (felt more like being interigated) I answered honestly to my knowledge I even took a friend since English is not my first language. During the proceeding that stated that that company was being investigated for fraud. I was shocked and saddened since they were recommended by a lady who had raised me. The IRS stated that they filed my taxes wrongly and therefore I must pay back one hundred percent. My question is I have no money and why should I have to pay for that companies mistake and clearly have committed fraud to many others?
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If you pay someone to prepare your tax return, the IRS urges you to choose that preparer carefully. This is because you are legally responsible for what’s on your tax return even if it is prepared by someone else, including tax preparation chains like H&R Block, Liberty Tax, and Jackson Hewitt. Your recourse is to sue the preparation company for negligence or fraud to recoup your fees and/or other damages and penalties that you might suffer because of their conduct.
http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-seeks-shut-down-florida-tax-return-preparer-and-owner-tax-preparation
The link above may be of interest to you. There may be a class action suit you can join against your preparer.
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