Bronx residents warned to beware of tax preparation scams
As the tax deadline steadily approaches, residents are urged to beware of tax preparation scams.
The warning from the IRS and Consumer Affairs Department comes as a tax preparer from American Income Tax Service on Bronx River Avenue faces charges of conspiracy. Carlos Contreras is accused of padding his clients' personal expenses and deductions to boost refunds.
Officials say residents should know the preparer's qualifications, which should be posted in the office. Residents should also know if the preparer will represent them at a government audit. It's also a good idea to check the company's background with the Better Business Bureau.