Saturday, March 14, 2015
We would like to pass along the information below on behalf of Professor Francine Lipman (UNLV), a legal scholar on tax and advocate for immigrants:
"At an ESL tax education and outreach event last night with six outstanding UNLV law students we heard repeated reports of tax preparers in immigrant communities collecting the Shared Responsibility Penalty (ACA noncoverage penalty) from undocumented immigrants who do not qualify for ACA coverage and, therefore, are NOT subject to the SRP penalty. The amounts reported were $600-$800. And, of course, any taxpayer who is subject to the SRP (the amount for lower-income individuals is typically the $95 per adult ($47.50 per
child) with a family cap of $285 annually) should never pay this amount to her tax preparer, but rather with any additional tax liability to the U.S. Treasury.
Please get the word out to your local communities. Because when taxpayer fraud happens in Vegas we are NOT going to keep it in Vegas. Any/all advice to all of us regarding who to report these egregious tax preparer frauds to is greatly appreciated."
You may contact Professor Lipman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's the link to the IRS about this issue: http://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Individuals-and-Families/Affordable-Care-Act-Consumer-Alert--Choose-Your-Tax-Preparer-Wisely