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Mar. 31st, 2015
Tax Preparer Exposes Rampant Refund Fraud
By: Don Carrington
RALEIGH — A Charlotte-area tax preparer who conducted an undercover operation with a friend, found that tax preparers catering to Hispanic customers are urging clients — typically using federal taxpayer identification numbers rather than Social Security numbers on IRS documents — to pocket fraudulent refunds by claiming on their income tax returns children as dependents who may not exist or who live outside the United States.