Column: Protect yourself from shady tax preparation

Feb. 26, 2013

Protect yourself from shady tax preparation
By Sen. Joe Hune

Just the other day I received a letter from the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) announcing the re-launch of their taxpayer awareness campaign. This is an effort to protect Michiganders from fraudulent tax return preparation.

To help protect Michigan residents, the MACPA has distributed to my office their Top Ten Questions to Ask a Tax Preparer: Tips, Hints & Warning Signs brochure.

This free brochure provides helpful tips that residents should keep in mind when hiring a tax preparer.

The MACPA was nice enough to provide my office with many of these helpful brochures, and I would like to offer them to anyone who may want further information on how best to protect themselves from shady tax preparers and preparations.

If you have any further questions, please email my office at or dial toll-free 1-855-563-4863 and my staff will be happy to assist you.

Furthermore, a full list of tax changes can be found at


Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.