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Last Updated: 4/24/2018

Tax Preparers Subject to Penalties

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The Minnesota Department of Revenue requires tax professionals who prepare income tax returns to follow standards of ethics and conduct. Those with credentials - such as certified public accountants (CPAs), enrolled agents, or attorneys - must also follow a code of ethics for their profession.

If a tax preparer does not follow the required standards, they may be subject to penalties or criminal prosecution.

What can the department do?

​If a tax professional Then we may
  • ​Willfully attempts to understate the correct tax or recklessly disregards tax law while preparing a return
  • ​Assess the tax professional a penalty of $500 for each return prepared in this manner.
  • ​Is convicted of a crime related to tax return preparation
  • Is assessed civil penalties of more than $1,000 for certain actions related to tax return preparation
  • ​Place their name on our Tax Preparers Subject to Penalties list (see below).

Tax Preparers Subject to Penalties

​ Name ​ Business Name ​ Address ​ Sanction Imposed
​ Adrieanna Bettie ​ 2918 Bryant Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55411 ​ 289A.63 subdivision 2(a)
​ Rona E Griffin ​ HAH Broker Inc. ​ PO Box 554, Champlin, MN 55316 ​ 289A.63 subdivision 2
​ Douglas J. Law ​ Douglas J. Law, CPA ​ 635 5th St., Newport, MN 55055 ​ 289A.60 subdivision 13(a)
​ Annie Mae Hester ​ 3430 Bryant Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55412 ​ 289A.63 subdivision 2(b)
If your name is on this list and you have questions, contact us at, or call 651-296-3781 or
1-800-652-9094 (toll-free).
The state laws that apply are:

Who can represent me before the department?

Some tax professionals may be ineligible to represent you before us. For more information, see Who Can Represent a Taxpayer.

How do I report an unprofessional preparer to the department?

Contact us at, or call 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free).

What should I know when choosing a tax preparer?

It’s important to find a preparer who has the knowledge and experience to prepare your returns correctly. For more information, see: