Norfolk cracks down on illegal tax preparers

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by Arrianee Lebeau, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 10:04 PM

NORFOLK-- Norfolk Commissioner of Revenue Sharon McDonald is cracking down on illegal tax preparers.

In 2012, hundreds of people complained after getting their taxes prepared at Mo Money Taxes.

Some clients said when it came time to get their tax return checks they never got them, others got less than they were promised.

McDonald’s tax compliance investigators are scouring the city's ‘pop-up’ tax return companies who may try to fly below the radar by failing to purchase a business license. 

McDonald says two companies have already been discovered and told to purchase a business license. 

“We are kind of keeping an eye out on some of those newer ones to make sure we don’t have the same kind of situation as we did last year with Mo Money,” said McDonald.

To insure that taxpayers have access to reputable tax preparers McDonald has decided to join forces with the Volunteer Income Tax Program.

“That affected a lot of people and we wanted to make sure that our Norfolk citizens really had a positive experience in filing their tax returns,” said McDonald.

VITA volunteers will begin providing free preparation services on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioner of Revenue’s office at Norfolk City Hall.

You don’t have to be a resident of Norfolk to apply for the service.

The service will be provided from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, and April 8.

In order to be eligible your 2012 earned income can’t exceed $51,000 and you can't own a business or rental property.

To schedule an appointment, call 664-7885.   The Commissioner of Revenue also offers the free preparation of state income tax returns.

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