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Taxpayer Beware Podcast 

You're a victim of fraud. Now what? You need a tax pro, but don't know who to choose. Or what happens if your tax pro makes a mistake and you get audited? Brandon Chanley, Chair of the California Tax Education Council, hosts each podcast with a variety of guests - including tax preparers with true tax scam stories, an enforcement specialist (the one who actually knocks on questionable tax pro doors), a former prosecutor with tales from the past and more. 

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Is Your Tax Preparer California Approved?

California law says only an Attorney, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), CTEC Registered Tax Preparer (CRTP) or Enrolled Agent (EA) can prepare tax returns for a fee.  Learn More >

Tips for Choosing Your Tax Preparer >

Did you know California is one of the few states to have set requirements for paid tax preparers? Before you hand over your private tax information, get tips on red flags to know and how to find a legal tax preparer.  Learn more >


The Scary Truth About "Ghost" Tax Preparers >

Who are ghost tax preparers? They set up shop every tax season, prepare countless fraudulent tax returns, then disappear without a trace leaving clients to deal with the mess.  Learn more >