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Janesville Gazette (Newspaper) - December 13, 2012, Janesville, Wisconsin The Gazette local continued thursday december 13,2012 a 5a officials warn Public about tax scams by Gitte Laasby Milwaukee journal Sentinel i ast year several residents said a Milwaukee tax preparer scammed them out of hundreds of dollars in tax refunds by promising them a Holiday loan. This year state officials Hope to get a leg up on such schemes by asking people to report questionable or suspicious activities even before tax season starts. A i understand this is Early to be thinking about tax preparation. But this is when people were harmed last year. We Hope people pay attention because we done to want them to be targets for these Crooks Quot Sandy Chalmers director of the division of Trade and consumer Protection under the department of agriculture Trade and consumer Protection told the journal Sentinel. A the reason we re coming out now is that we be seen in the past that some of these Fly by night operations will use the lure of instant Holiday Cash or Quick Cash to get people the Milwaukee tax preparation business advertised Short term Loans but charged exorbitant fees As much As $600 to file a 1040-ez form. In some cases customers did no to realize that their accounts had been charged any fees for the loan either because they did no to understand the documents they signed or because the company charged them without their knowledge Chalmers said. Other people did no to realize until later that a tax return had been filed on their behalf without their consent. A Many victims of tax fraud Art unaware until they get a letter from the internal Revenue service saying someone has Al ready filed a tax return using your name and social Security number. That s How they find out Quot Chalmers said. A one thing we re advising Consumers is if you go into one of these places make sure you get a copy of whatever it is you sign and that you read what you sign because somewhere in there May be an authorization for them to file a tax return on your behalf. Its really important you get a the easiest Way to find local businesses. Copy. Four customers filed complaints about the Milwaukee preparer with the state but Many More people were affected she said. State officials would not provide further details because the Case is still under investigation. Officials warn that Shady tax preparers can use personal and financial information to steal not Only refunds but also Peoples identity. The irs estimates that almost 60 percent of taxpayers use a paid professional to prepare their taxes. Most Are legitimate but some pop up overnight and advertise Holiday Cash or instant Loans. A they will set up shop in a lower income part of a City and they prey on that kind of person Quot Chalmers said. A we w ant to know about this Early. Its so easy for these businesses to set up shop and then pack up and Fly before we even know the tax fraud has officials urge people to keep an Eye out for red flags preparers who Promise a larger than Vonnal refund charge a percentage of the refund As a preparation fee require customers to split their refunds to pay the preparation fee or leave other taxpayers returns out in the open for everyone to see. A preparer who encourages clients to submit false information on their tax returns also is suspicious Chalmers said. The department is teaming up with the departments of Revenue and Justice to invest tight complaints and will coordinate enforcement on a w weekly basis she said. They Hope customers will file complaints right away allowing investigators to Stop any scams before the end of tax season. Quot if a consumer gives us an tips for tax preparation Security a be careful about providing personal financial information to a tax preparation business unless you want the preparer Tot Ile your taxes. A let tax preparers know whether you want them to file your taxes or not make sure they Tell you whether they intend to file a tax return on your behalf. A Don t sign an authorization permitting a company to file your taxes if you Don t want the company to file for you. A never sign a document without first Reading and understanding what it says. A insist on receiving copies of All documents you Are required to sign and All documents that identify the terms of a transaction and the charges you will be required to pay. A confirm before you sign. That you will receive copies of a business won t provide copies Don t sign. A review your return before you sign it and ask questions about things you done to understand a consider whether the person or firm you use will be around to answer questions about your return months or years later a before choosing a tax preparer do your research and try to get references from other clients if possible. A make sure the preparer is an accredited tax preparer enrolled agent certified Public accountant licensed Public accountant or tax attorney. A be Alert to promotions such As Quot Holiday Loans a or other Short term Loans that can be used to gain the personal financial information needed to file your tax return. To file a complaint of you suspect fraudulent act Ivity by a tax preparer file a complaint with the state department of agriculture Trade and consumer Protection. Go online to the department website or request a complaint form by calling the consumer Protection hotline at 800-422-7128. Woman in sex Case pleads not guilty by Stan Milam Elkhorn a Sharon woman accused of having sex with two teen boys pleaded not guilty wednesday to two counts of second degree sexual assault of a child. Rachael a. Mccormick 37, is charged with having sexual Intercourse with two boys Ages 14 and 15, on sept. 29. Both incidents occurred at Mccormick a Sharon residence 218 Baldwin st., upper unit according to the criminal complaint. Court records indicate she has since moved to 2544 Honey Creek Circle. Apt. 704, fast toy. Mccormick and the 15-year-old were drinking rasp Mccormick Berry Vodka sept. 29. And the 15-year-old told Sharon police he became a drunk Quot and engaged in sexual Intercourse with Mccormick according to the criminal complaint. The 14-year-old told authorities he also had sexual Intercourse with Mccormick according to the criminal complaint. Mccormick told officers she was a very and did not remember having sex with the 15-year-old. She told officers she d id remember having sex with the 14-year-old, according to the complaint. The 14-year-old said he remembered hearing the 15-year-old ask Mccormick if he could have sex with her. And Mccormick agreed according to the criminal complaint. Mccormick faces a maximum sentence of 80 years and a $200,000 Fine. She is due Back in court at 8 15 am. Jan. 17. Nominees sought for diversity awards Early notice about potential fraud at a business location we can take Quick action to protect meet was of the Public Quot department Secretary Ben Brancel said in a statement a this is far More preferable than hearing about the problems after the fact when its often too late to recover Consumers tax preparers need written authorization from customers to be Able to file a tax return on their behalf so officials encouraged customers to carefully look Over any documents before signing them. Customers who suspect fraud or feel taken advantage of Are encouraged to Call the departments hotline. A we want these people to know that there is someone they can Call for help a Chalmers said. A if they paid a fee for tax preparation and can to get a copy of their return if their Calls Arentt being returned if they be been promised a refund and Haven to received it they have someone they can Call for help. The sooner they Call the sooner we can address the diversity action foam seeks nominations for the Owca racial Justice award and the Law diversity service award. Nominations for the racial Justice award Are being accepted at the Owca 1735 s. Washington st., or online at . Individuals area clubs and groups with noteworthy efforts in promoting civil rights and peace Are eligible. The Law diversity service award is open to any youth or adult who is Active in enhancing race relations in the Community participates in Community school and Church activities demonstrates knowledge of Community resources and exhibits an emphasis on multicultural or diversity activities. Nomination forms Are available at Hedberg Public Library 316 s. Main st., Janesville Beloit Public Library 605 eclipse blvd., Beloit and online at . Buy locally we need your support �?�2111 three Guys Quot thirty instruments new Odyssey of a Voll j a a t by a a i. A. I if % if i % a .1 a i Quot of a k a Arbios i starts tomorrow sunday december 16, 2012 at 3 00pmjanesville performing arts Center 408 s. Main Street Janesville i 53545u tickets $30 each tickets May be purchased at the j Pac Box office 608 758 0297 or visit Moi farm amp Fleet Home of the original. Toy mid2421 old Humes Road Hwy. 14 a Janesville open monday saturday 8 am 9 pm a sunday 9 am 6 pm

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