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Legal Services Assists Elderly Client Recover Tax Refund

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Client went to a preparer in early 2015 to have his 2014 tax return prepared. The preparer prepared the return, added a false credit and then changed the account information for the direct deposit. The IRS deposited client’s refund into a bank account controlled by the preparer. After transferring the funds several times, the preparer withdrew the money from the account and failed to pay it over to client. Legal Services assisted client in reporting this preparer misconduct to the IRS and assisted client with obtaining the newly required documentation. Additionally, we worked with law enforcement to get the police report to contain the terms required by the IRS. The IRS finally approved the case and reissued the refund check plus interest to client.