California Tax Education Council

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Latest Enforcement Results

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 3 comments

As of March 24, 2015, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) enforcement team has contacted 1,130 tax preparers since the start of tax season in January. Of those, 188 were paid visits by FTB enforcement teams. The remaining 942 received letters from FTB.

Unregistered tax preparers who are caught preparing, or assisting with preparing, tax returns for a fee will be issued a $2,500 penalty letter from FTB. They have 90 days to register with CTEC before the penalty is enforced. If a tax preparer does not comply, the $2,500 penalty is enforced. If a tax preparer still fails to comply the next year, a $5,000 penalty will be issued.

To report a suspected unregistered tax preparer, click here- Is your tax preparer legal? All reports submitted are investigated by FTB.


janet orndoff commented on Monday, April 13, 2015

when filling out the information requirement to check a tax preparer…it ask for a DBA…what is a DBA?

CTEC replied on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It stands for "Doing Business As"... if you know the name of the business, it helps you better locate the tax preparer; however, it is optional.

mr commented on Thursday, April 9, 2015

why do ctec personnel.think they can tell you what to do.they can not stop you at any time from leaveing the building for 5 or 10 min.when your on your corse.bout time something was done...