Comptroller Franchot Stops Processing Returns from More Private Tax Preparers

Suspicious Filings Lead Comptroller to Take Action For Second Time This Tax Season

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 2, 2016) – In his ongoing effort to combat tax fraud and identity theft, Comptroller Peter Franchot today announced that, effective immediately, he has suspended processing electronic and paper tax returns from 19 private tax preparers locations throughout the region, due to a high volume of questionable returns received.

“We continue to be vigilant and resolute in our commitment to protect Marylanders’ financial information and the integrity of our tax system,” Comptroller Franchot said. “I want to commend my Questionable Return Detection Team as it continues to work tirelessly to identify these fraudulent returns that try to drain our state coffers and ultimately cheat all Maryland citizens,” Comptroller Franchot said.

Accounting for tax preparers removed from last years’ list because they now are in compliance, the total number of process suspensions stands at 78 tax preparation offices at 98 locations. Since 2007, the Comptroller’s Office has detected and blocked nearly 76,000 fraudulent tax returns worth more than $174.2 million.

The new preparers or businesses notified of the action are:

• Integrated Multi Services, 1620 Elton Road, Ste. 204, Silver Spring, MD 20903
• First Rate Tax Service, 28 Henley Ct., Baltimore, MD 21244
• MD Tax Solution and Multi Services, 212 E. Main St., Ste. 208, Salisbury, MD 21801
• Tax4All LLC, 6507 New Hampshire Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912
• United Tax Pro, 6969 Richmond Hwy, Ste. 204, Alexandria, VA 22306
• Samuel Tax Services, 1005 North Point Blvd., Ste. 728, Baltimore, MD 21224
• A&E Tax Services, 5013 Frederick Ave., Baltimore, MD 21229
• Japrhispanic LLC, 8626 Flower Ave. 1, Takoma Park, MD 20912
• Money Back Tax LLC, 11120 New Hampshire Ave., Ste. 506, Silver Spring, MD 20904
• Rightway Financial Services LLC, 3363 Sudlersville South, Laurel, MD 20724
• Robinson Tax and Bookkeeping SRV, 4812 Liberty Heights Ave., Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
• A Year Round Tax Service Inc., 5820 York Road, Ste. T200, Baltimore, MD 21212
• Max Tax Service, 1019 University Blvd., Ste. 102, Silver Spring, MD 20903
• Marylis LLC, 113 Ellington Blvd., Apt. 421, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
• Sky Tax Service, 5981 Columbia Pike, Ste. 202, Falls Church, VA 22041
• MSM DBA PTS Tax Service, 6790 W. Broad St., Douglasville, GA 30134
• Trinity Supermarket Inc.,105 E. Pollock St., Mount Olive, NC 28365
• BKPR Management, 110 Q St., Washington, DC 20001
• Precise Financial, 8601 Harford Road, Ste. B, Baltimore, MD 21234.

The additional suspensions follow an announcement a few weeks ago that the Comptroller’s Office had halted processing returns from 20 tax preparers. Pursuant to his agency’s Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the Internal Revenue Service, Comptroller Franchot 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.

The suspicious characteristics detected on the tax returns prompting the determination included:

* Business income reported when taxpayers did not own a business.
* Refund amounts requested much higher than previous year tax returns.
* Inflated and/or undocumented business expenses.
* Dependents claimed when taxpayer did not provide required 50 percent support or care.
* Inflated wages and withholding information.

Taxpayers should carefully review their returns for these issues and should be suspicious if a tax preparer deducts fees from their refund, does not sign their tax return, or fails to include their preparer taxpayer identification number “PTIN” on the return. In the event that a taxpayer suspects 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.

Below is a list of the tax preparers the Comptroller’s Office has already blocked:

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.
Eltonia Tax & Contract Service LLC, 8058 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237
EMACK Tax Service, 123 W. Saratoga St.
Express Tax Inc., 5501 York, Road, Baltimore, MD 21212
Hartley Financial Enterprises LLC, 4602 Hampnett Ave.
HRQT LLC, 2136 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21218
Liberty Tax Service, 3308 Greenmount 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
OSE Tax Services, 5006 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214
People Tax Service (aka Neighborhood Tax Services), 3219 Belair Road
PROTAXEM, 3104 N. Greenmount SVE, Baltimore, MD 21218
Quick Tax Service, 1809 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217
Quick Tax, 2401 Liberty Heights Road, Baltimore, MD 21215
Quick Money Tax Service, 6628 Harford Road, 2nd floor Baltimore, MD 21214
Tax Rite Services, 3406 Belair Road
Fachel Tax Service, 6331 Belair Road, Baltimore
TA Income Tax Service, 4833 Belair Road, Baltimore
Tax Maid, 2558 Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21223
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
Monique’s Taxprep Services LLC, 4342 Tucker Circle, Halethorpe, MD 21227
Liberty Tax Service, 435 C Eastern Blvd., Essex
Liberty Tax Service, 201 Back River Neck Road, Middle River
Quality Tax Service, 6 Woodstream Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117
Patricia’s Bookkeeping and Accounting, 227 Mysticwood Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136
REMG Inc., 8715 Windsor Mill Road, Windsor Mill
Tax Plus, 727 Northrop Lane, Middle River, MD 21220
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
OFAB LLC, 3938 Minnesota Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20019

Montgomery County
Liberty Tax Service, 11262 Georgia Ave., Wheaton
One Vision First (OVF) Consulting LLC, 8120 Fenton St., Suite 301b, Silver Spring, MD
Broadview Advisors and Co., Inc., 8757 Georgia Ave, Ste. 440, Silver Spring

Prince George’s County
ALR Tax and Financial Services LLC, 76 Ritchie Road, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
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
KLS Tax Services, 18431 Shanna Drive, Accokeek, MD 20607
Liberty Tax Service, 8020 New Hampshire Ave., Langley Park
Liberty Tax Service, 5436 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD 20747
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
Vasquez Tax Services, 2340 University Ave., Hyattsville, MD 20783

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
JAE Establishments LLC, 3803 Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Verita’s Efile Service Inc., 3 Centerview Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407, and 5720 Alameda, Baltimore, MD 21239

If taxpayers want to check to see if the Comptroller’s Office is processing returns from a particular tax preparer, or on their status for a previously filed claim, they are asked to contact the Maryland Comptroller’s Office Ombudsman at 410-260-4020 or email at ombudsman@comp.state.md.us.

If taxpayers suspect fraud, they are asked to immediately report the issue to the Comptroller’s Questionable Return Detection Team at QRDT@comp.state.md.us.
MEDIA CONTACT: Joe Shapiro, 410-260-7305 office or 443-871-2244 cell
Alan Brody, 410-260-6346 office or 443-924-1473