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April 10, 2013

CT taxman issues fresh tax-scam alert

With days left till the April 15 income-tax filing deadline, Connecticut's taxman is warning filers about a fake tax-preparer's scam potentially more painful than any tax audit.

Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin B. Sullivan Wednesday issued an alert about scams by people who pose as tax preparers and promise large refunds via the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Sullivan reminds all taxpayers that they are legally responsible for what's on their returns even if it was prepared by someone else. Taxpayers who buy into such schemes can end up being penalized for filing false claims or receiving fraudulent refunds.

His advice:

• Check the person's qualification. New regulations require all paid tax return preparers to apply for a Preparer Tax Identification Number before preparing any federal tax returns.

• Make sure you will be able to contact the tax preparer after the return has been filed, even after the April due date, in case questions arise.

• Most reputable preparers will request to see your records and receipts and will ask you multiple questions to determine your total income and your qualifications for expenses, deductions and other items.

• Review your tax return before signing it and ask questions about anything you don't understand.

Never sign a blank return.

• Make sure the preparer signs the form and includes their PTIN

• Report suspected tax fraud to DRS through our website.

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