COPY-Bill to put fraudulent tax payers out of business passes committee

MONTGOMERY, Ala. The Alabama Department of Revenue is pushing the Legislature to pass a bill that would allow state officials to shut down unscrupulous tax preparers.

The bill to give the department the authority to shut down the operations of fraudulent tax preparers passed the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday on an unanimous voice vote.It could come up for final passage in the Senate on the final day of the session, May 16th. The bill passed the House on Tuesday.Lewis Easterly, the secretary of the Department of Revenue, estimates that unscrupulous tax preparers cost the state about 42 (m) million dollars annually.In the past, the department's only recourse was to go after the taxpayer, but could not take action against the person who prepared the taxes. He said the proposed law would make it similar to federal law.

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