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Article Date:
January 2013


Word Count:
268

 

 

Tax Preparation Firm Charges Illegal Commissions


Question

 

I have been in contact with a tax preparation firm that says it will amend my prior-year tax returns for a straight commission—based on the tax refund the preparer finds for me.

 

Is it appropriate for a tax preparer to charge me a commission based on the amount of my tax refund?

 

Answer

 

Absolutely not!

 

Treasury regulations make it illegal to charge a contingent fee for amended returns.1 The tax preparation firm you are speaking with is engaging in an illegal act.

 

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