Comptroller Franchot Halts Returns from Twenty Tax Preparers amid Pattern of Questionable Filings

Move Effective Immediately Pending Investigation

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 9, 2017) – Moving aggressively to protect Maryland taxpayers, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that his office has immediately suspended processing electronic tax returns from 20 paid tax preparers due to a high volume of questionable returns received.

“Protecting Maryland taxpayers and detecting fraudulent returns are our top priorities,” said Comptroller Franchot. “We are resolute in our efforts to ensure that the tax refunds we send out are legitimate and go to the people who have earned them. I want to thank my Questionable Return Detection Team who works tirelessly to root out the returns that try to cheat our state and steal from all Marylanders.”

The businesses, which have been sent written notice of the action, were identified by the Comptroller’s nationally recognized fraud unit using state-of-the-art technology that allows the Comptroller’s Office to detect fraud while processing returns. These 20 preparers join the 68 businesses blocked last year. Although, the agency’s review process provides an opportunity for the blocked preparers to restore their filing privileges, to date, none of the previously suspended tax preparers has had these privileges restored.

Comptroller Franchot, pursuant to the recently signed IRS Security Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”), has shared this information with other tax agencies. The Comptroller’s Office also has advised the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation of the decision, so that they can take any additional appropriate actions.

“Guarding against tax fraud schemes and fraudulent returns are the biggest challenges facing tax administrators across the country,” added Comptroller Franchot. “My office will continue to use every tool at our disposal to ensure the safety and accuracy of Maryland’s tax filing systems.”

The tax preparers blocked from filing returns by today’s actions are:

Vasquez Tax Services, 2340 University Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20783
OSE Tax Services, 5006 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
ALR Tax and Financial Services LLC, 76 Ritchie Road, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
OFAB LLC, 3938 Minnesota Ave., Washington, DC 20019
Monique’s Taxprep Services LLC, 4342 Tucker Circle, Halethorpe, MD 21227
Express Tax Inc., 5501 York, Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
KLS Tax Services, 18431 Shanna Drive, Accokeek, MD 20607
Liberty Tax Service, 5436 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747
Quick Tax Service, 1809 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217
PROTAXEM, 3104 N. Greenmount SVE, Baltimore, MD 21218
HRQT LLC, 2136 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
Quick Tax, 2401 Liberty Heights Road, Baltimore, MD 21215
Quick Money Tax Service, 6628 Harford Road, 2nd floor Baltimore, MD 21214
JAE Establishments LLC, 3803 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
One Vision First (OVF) Consulting LLC, 8120 Fenton St., Suite 301b, Silver Spring, MD
Tax Maid, 2558 Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
Eltonia Tax & Contract Service LLC, 8058 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237
Tax Plus, 727 Northrop Lane, Middle River, MD 21220
Quality Tax Service, 6 Woodstream Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Patricia’s Bookkeeping and Accounting, 227 Mysticwood Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136

Below is a list of the tax preparers the Comptroller’s Office blocked last year:

 

Baltimore (City)
AO Tax Services, 2307 E. Monument St.
AO Tax Services, 3231 Belair Road
B and B Tax Service, 4707 Harford Road
DE Brown, 36 E 25th St.
EB Tax Service, 2322 Monument St.
EB Tax Service, 1818 Pennsylvania Ave.
EMACK Tax Service, 123 W. Saratoga St.
Hartley Financial Enterprises LLC, 4602 Hampnett Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 3414 Eastern Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 3308 Greenmount Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 200 N. Highland Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 503 W. Lexington St.
Liberty Tax Service, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 1742 W. North Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 1808 Pennsylvania Ave.
Liberty Tax Service, 2039 W. Pratt St.
Loyalty Tax Services, 4602A Harford Road
Office Tax Solutions, 2230 E. Monument St.
Office Tax Solutions, 1439 W. Patapsco Road
People Tax Service (aka Neighborhood Tax Services), 3219 Belair Road
Tax Rite Services, 3406 Belair Road
Fachel Tax Service, 6331 Belair Road, Baltimore
TA Income Tax Service, 4833 Belair Road, Baltimore
JMD Tax Service, 2700 W. Franklin St., Baltimore
Marcjeze Tax Services, 5864 B Belair Road, Baltimore
Bodmars Tax Service, 4903 Belair Road, Baltimore
MK Tax Services and Investment LLC, 1031 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore
Neighborhood Tax Services, also known as Royal Auto Sales N Neighborhood Tax or People Tax Services at 3219 Belair Road, Baltimore and 3226 Belair Road, Ste. A, Baltimore
Chimex Tax Service, 2654 Maryland Ave., Baltimore
Jovan LLC, 5225 Harford Road, Baltimore
Taxcare , 6711 Belair Rd, Ste. B , Baltimore MD 21206

Baltimore County
Liberty Tax Service, 435 C Eastern Blvd., Essex
Liberty Tax Service, 201 Back River Neck Road, Middle River
REMG Inc., 8715 Windsor Mill Road, Windsor Mill
Tax Rite Services, 90 Shawgo Court, Middle River
Phenomenal Tax Service Corp., 1055 Ingleside Ave, Ste. 100, Baltimore
Swift Pro Tax Service, 10 Pine Cone Court, Nottingham

District of Columbia

Taxtime LLC/Speedy Tax Service,1002 H St., NE Washington DC 20002
Fred Accounting & Tax Services, 760 Morton St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Swift Tax Service, 1012 H St. NE, Washington, DC, and 3905 Benning Road NE, Washington, DC

Montgomery County
Liberty Tax Service, 11262 Georgia Ave., Wheaton
Broadview Advisors and Co., Inc., 8757 Georgia Ave, Ste. 440, Silver Spring

Prince George’s County

ICS Tax & Accounting Service , 8855 Annapolis Rd., Ste. 205, Lanham, MD 20703
Deldan Tax and Accounting Services, 9208 Fairlane Place, Laurel
Tax Relief Solution, 13042 Old Stagecoach Road, Laurel
Liberty Tax Service, 8020 New Hampshire Ave., Langley Park
Irene’s Taxes, 4610 Winterberry Lane, Oxon Hill
Griffin Financial, 1424 Colony Road, Oxon Hill
J & J Tax Service, 17205 Summerwood Lane, Accokeek
Tax Central USA, 5515 Livingston Road, Ste. 200, Forest Heights
The Tax Store 101 LLC, 1508 Kingshill St., Bowie
Taxpoint Solutions,1401 Mercantile Ln, Ste. 383, Upper Marlboro MD 20774

Worcester County
Charles Multi Services, 216 Carson Court, Pocomoke City

Out-of-State
Evaniel Francois, 2124 Airport Road, Ste. 109, Naples, FL 34112
Eskindes Accounting and Tax LLC, 3379 Highway 5, Ste. K, Douglasville, GA 30135
Verita’s Efile Service Inc., 3 Centerview Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407, and 5720 Alameda, Baltimore, MD 21239

Taxpayers should carefully review their returns for these issues and should be suspicious if a preparer:

• Deducts fees from the taxpayer’s refund to be deposited into the tax preparer’s account,
• Does not sign the tax return, or,
• Fails to include the Preparer Taxpayer Identification number “P-TIN” on the return.

If taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller’s Office by calling 1-800-MD-TAXES (1-800-638-2937) or 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland or by emailing TAXHELP@comp.state.md.us.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Shapiro, 410-260-7305 (office), 443-871-2244 (cell)