Is my tax preparer liable for understating my income ?


My tax preparer did not include my wife’s Social Security income on my 2015 Federal and State taxes. Now I received a bill from the IRS, plus interest charges.


You are still responsible for the tax whether or not he failed to input the data into the return. As a taxpayer, it is your responsibility to review the return before you sign and submit it to the IRS. You are obligated to pay the tax and the interest. Typically, if you use the same accountants or tax attorneys each, they will correct their mistake by paying the interest because they want to keep you as a client.

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