HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Tax day is just a few days away, and bogus tax preparers are doing good business in Connecticut by preying on unsuspecting taxpayers.
As WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported, it’s mainly the working poor who are being scammed by fly-by-night tax preparers.
Connecticut’s Commissioner of Revenue Services Kevin Sullivan said these unscrupulous people set up shop at tax time to lure filers who are eligible for tax refunds under the Earned Income Tax Credit program.
“Tax preparers, so-called, will say, ‘well here’s the deal. I want you to give me all your personal information,'” Sullivan said. “And then they turn around and rather than filing anything for the taxpayer, they will file false claims for tax refunds in the name of the taxpayer.”