Susan Tompor: Wait, did your tax preparer just take a cut of your refund? Here’s how to stay safe

Ernest Sumpter, 68, tells a tax-time tale that should give anyone pause before handing over a Social Security number and other information to a stranger who offers a deal on doing your taxes.Sumpter lives in a seniors apartment complex in Detroit not far from Wayne State University where a woman essentially went door-to-door offering to prepare tax returns.“She was charging the seniors $50 to do their taxes,” Sumpter said.The woman, who was in her 40s, dressed well, drove a nice car and looked professional. She had built up a friendship with another tenant in the building, a relationship that …

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