December 13, 2013
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A group that helps low-income Alabamians
says an undercover review of 13 commercial tax preparers found
problems with all of them.
Impact Alabama sent people into 13 commercial tax preparers
across the state earlier this month to get tax returns prepared.
The sessions were recorded.
Impact Alabama President Stephen Black says all 13 returns
contained omissions and mistakes. And 11 of the tax preparers
claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit for the undercover taxpayers
when they weren't entitled to it.
Black said the tax preparation firms charged as much as $405 for
relatively simple returns that didn't require any itemization.
Black's group trains college students to do tax returns for
low-income families for free.
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