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Advocating for Integrity: Our Stand Against Tax Preparer Fraud

In the ongoing fight against tax preparer fraud, the Maryland Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals (MSATP) has taken a decisive stand, championing legislation that promises to enhance protections for Maryland taxpayers and uphold the ethical standards of our profession. The heart of our advocacy efforts is centered around the support for House Bill 452, also known as the Stop Scam Tax Preparers Act. This critical piece of legislation represents a significant step forward in our commitment to integrity within the accounting and tax preparation industry.

A Unified Front Against Fraud
Led by Maryland’s Comptroller Brooke Lierman, the initiative to combat fraudulent tax preparers has found a strong ally in the MSATP. Our involvement underscores the importance of protecting the public from those who seek to exploit the complexities of the tax system for their gain. The proposed legislation mandates the Maryland Department of Labor to oversee the tax preparers’ board, thereby fortifying enforcement efforts against unscrupulous actors within the tax preparation sector.

Testimony for Change
In a testament to our dedication, Giavante’ Hawkins, the Executive Director of MSATP, presented a compelling testimony in support of the Stop Scam Tax Preparers Act on Thursday in the House. Through his words, Hawkins not only conveyed our collective concern over the damages caused by fraudulent tax preparers but also highlighted the necessity of stringent oversight and regulation to safeguard Maryland’s taxpayers.

Our Vision for a Fraud-Free Future
The support for House Bill 452 aligns perfectly with the MSATP’s vision of a professional environment defined by trust, integrity, and the highest ethical standards. By advocating for this legislation, we aim to ensure that every taxpayer in Maryland has access to fair, transparent, and professional tax preparation services. Furthermore, our support extends beyond this bill to encompass a broader legislative package designed to protect Maryland taxpayers from scams while also promoting awareness of vital tax credits, such as the senior tax credit and the earned income tax credit.

Looking Ahead
As we continue our advocacy efforts, the MSATP remains committed to not only supporting legislation that combats tax preparer fraud but also to enhancing the professional standards that define our industry. Our support for the Stop Scam Tax Preparers Act and other related initiatives is a clear demonstration of our dedication to protecting Maryland residents and ensuring the integrity of the tax preparation profession.

We encourage all members of the MSATP and the wider community to stay informed about our advocacy work and to join us in supporting these essential legislative efforts. Together, we can make a significant impact in the fight against tax preparer fraud and work towards a future where the rights and interests of Maryland taxpayers are fully protected.

Your feedback and involvement are crucial to our continued success in these advocacy efforts. For more information on how you can contribute or to stay updated on the progress of these legislative initiatives, please visit our website or contact our office directly. Together, we can make a difference.