Court Says Search of Tax Preparer’s Office was Illegal

Court Says Search of Tax Preparer’s Office was Illegal

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From the L.A. Times:

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that a prosecutor improperly searched thousands of files in a tax preparer’s office while looking for illegal immigrants who had committed identity theft.

In a 4-3 decision, the court termed the search a violation of privacy and upheld a lower court’s order to throw out evidence against a defendant who had sued.

“A taxpayer has a reasonable expectation of privacy in his or her tax returns and return information, even when that information is in the custody of a tax preparer,” Justice Michael L. Bender wrote in the court’s opinion.

About Peter Pappas

Peter is a tax attorney and certified public acccountant with over 20 years experience helping taxpayers resolve their IRS and state tax problems.

He has represented thousands of taxpayers who have been experiencing difficulty dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or State tax officials.

He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Bar Association and The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts - Middle District of Florida