tax preparartion service impropriety?
Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:45 PM
Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:49 AM
The second is a federal law known as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The privacy provisions of this Act are codified at 15 U.S.C. §§ 6801-6809. These provisions require firms in financial businesses (which includes tax return preparation) to provide privacy statements to customers and bars them from disclosing nonpublic information to third parties except as allowed by the privacy statement. For an overview of this Act, including specific mention that tax preparers are covered by this Act, see the FTC explanation of Gramm-Leach-Bliley. Violations of this Act by tax preparers is enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. You may make complaints to the FTC online here: FTC complaints.
I suggest that you make her aware of these requirements and that she's likely already violated both of them and that should she further disclose any information to your ex or in any way involve him in your return (including interfering with picking up the refund check) that will also likely violate the Act. If she's at all bright, she'll get the hint that you may end up reporting her and she could face serious consequences if she keeps this up. Hopefully that will put an end to it. If it doesn't, make the reports to the IRS and the FTC. You might want to do that anyway. If your return has not been submitted for processing yet, I suggest you go to another preparer to get it done. This one is not well informed of her obligations as a tax preparer, and that sends up all kinds of warning flags about her competence. Even if you do complete the return with her this year, find a completely different firm next year. This preparer is trouble. Even if she didn't know the specific statutes, she certainly should have known that disclosing your return information to anyone, including your ex, isn't permitted.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:41 AM
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Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:09 AM
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