Madison Office: 122 South, State Capitol  Phone: (608) 266-7745  E-mail: Sen.Harsdorf@legis.wi.gov
Avoid Tax Preparation Fraud
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has been hearing from an increasing number of Wisconsin residents about fraudulent tax filings.  Wisconsin residents working with a tax preparation service are encouraged to contact DATCP if they believe there are questionable practices taking place at a tax preparation business and file a complaint with the state.
 
Complaints can be filed online through the DATCP website www.datcp.wi.gov or a complaint form can be requested by calling the state’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128.
 
Some tips to avoid becoming the victim of tax preparation fraud:
  • Be alert to promotions such as “quick cash loans” that can be used to gain the personal financial information needed to file an individual’s tax return.
  • Check the tax preparer’s qualifications and history. 
  • Find out about service fees.
  • Make sure the tax preparer is accessible.  
  • Never sign a blank tax form.
  • Never sign an authorization permitting a company to file your taxes if you do not want the company to do so.
  • Never sign a document without first reading it and understanding what it says.
  • Always insist upon receiving copies of all documents you are required to sign, or those that identify the terms of a transaction and the charges you will be required to pay.