The April 15th IRS tax filing deadline is just around the corner; for many of us this means working with a tax preparation service to complete our returns.  Many do not know that in most states a person can call themselves a tax preparer without any formal licensing or training.  Undercover investigations into tax preparation services have uncovered what can be described as deceitful business practices, often targeting low income individuals/families.  These preparers charge large fees for work that can be inaccurate at best, often leading to catastrophic consequences for the taxpayer.  Alex H. Levy with the New York Times explores the world of tax preparation services; calling for some degree of federal oversight into an often murky field of business.  Read the full article here.

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