New York suspends 40 tax preparers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York State is cracking down on tax preparers who have failed to file their own personal tax returns for 2011 and 2012.

The state suspended 40 tax preparers, which means they cannot legally complete or file a client’s state tax returns for compensation. More than seven million New Yorkers use tax preparers each year.

Of the 40 suspended tax preparers, there is one from the Buffalo Niagara region. Patricia Fulton of Clarence was suspended. In Monroe County, Susan Devuyst was suspended.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations for the tax preparer industry in March to stop fraud and reduce errors and omissions on returns. Preparers must pass a competency examination, hold a high-school diploma and participate in annual continuing education programs. In addition, any preparer who fails to file their own personal return can face a license suspension.

If you are aware of any tax preparers who have engaged in illegal or improper conduct, please contact the governor’s office at 518-530-HELP or file a complaint online.

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