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Bill would impose criminal penalties on tax preparers who don't register with state
Bill would impose criminal penalties on tax preparers who don't register with state

Despite a law passed in 2008 requiring tax preparers to register with the state, consumer advocates believe an unknown number have failed to register while more than 1,000 may have let their registrations lapse. A bill to allow the Maryland Board of Individual Tax Preparers to impose criminal sanctions on those who don't register is scheduled to be heard Tuesday afternoon in the General Assembly's House of Delegates. The bill would allow the oversight board created in 2008 to charge a tax preparer who fails to register with a misdemeanor punishable with a maximum sentence of six months or a maximum fine of $5,000. House Bill 871 would close a loophole in the original law,...

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