What should I do if my professionally prepared tax return is wrong?

May 14, 2004

Subject:  tax question
From:  Heather
Date:  Mon, 19 Apr 2004

I had my tax returns prepared by a commercial tax return preparation company this year. They didn’t include a schedule for self-employment tax and I am a self-employed independent contractor. What should I do?

Answer

Date:  Fri, 30 Apr 2004

Hello Heather,

Go back to the tax return preparation company and ask them to prepare an amended income tax return for you at no charge. As I recall, they guarantee that they will pay any penalties you incur as a result of their preparation services. If they refuse, have another preparer do it and file to recover your expenses in small claims court. Don’t panic, it’s going to be OK.

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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