40 tax preparers suspended under new regulations

By Anna Norris

40 tax preparers suspended under new regulations

July 30, 2014 Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 2:10 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Tax preparers in New York State have been suspended for not filing their personal taxes, including one in Broome County.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, it's part of a crackdown on tax preparers to help stop fraud.

Ida Edwards, of Johnson City, has been suspended along with 40 others around the state.

Once suspended, preparers cannot legally complete or file a client’s state tax returns for money.

“These new rules were put into place to protect taxpayers and ensure those entrusted to prepare tax returns abide by real professional standards,” said Cuomo. “By disqualifying those who fail to live up to their responsibilities, we are strengthening the system and ensuring that the millions of New Yorkers who use a tax preparation service receive what they paid for.”

New York is only one of four states in the nation that regulates the tax preparer industry, according to Cuomo.

The governor announced the new regulations in March.

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

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