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Last Updated: 1/11/2019

Tax Preparers Subject to Sanctions

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Minnesota law requires tax preparers (persons who prepare income tax returns for compensation) to follow standards of ethics and conduct. (See Minnesota Statute 270C.445, subdivisions 3 and 5.) If a tax preparer violates state law, the Minnesota Department of Revenue must publish information regarding their identity and violations.

Tax Preparers Subject to Sanctions

Adrieanna Bettie
  • Address:  2918 Bryant Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN 55411
  • Action: Criminally convicted for violating Minnesota Statute 289A.63, subdivision 2(a), for filing false or fraudulent returns or documents.
Rona E Griffin
  • Business Name: HAH Broker Inc.
  • Address: PO Box 554, Champlin, MN 55316
  • Action: Criminally convicted for violating Minnesota Statute 289A.63, subdivision 2, for filing false or fraudulent returns or documents and knowingly aiding or assisting in or advising in the preparation of a return or document that is false or fraudulent.
Douglas J Law
  • Business Name:  Douglas J Law, CPA
  • Address: 635 5th St. Newport, MN 55055
  • Action: Assessed civil penalties in excess of $1,000 under Minnesota Statute 289A.60, subdivision 13(a), for reckless disregard of laws and rules and willful attempt to understate the liability for a tax.
Annie Mae Hester
  • Address: 3430 Bryant Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55412
  • Action: Criminally convicted for violating Minnesota Statute 289A.63 subdivision 2(b) for knowingly aiding or assisting in or advising in the preparation of a return or document that is fraudulent or false.

If your name is listed above and you have questions, contact us at individual.incometax@state.mn.us, or call 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free).

Tax Preparers Ordered to Cease and Desist

We issue “cease and desist orders” to prevent tax preparers from continuing behaviors and activities that violate the standards of conduct.
No cease and desist orders have been issued.
If your name is listed above and you have questions, contact us at individual.incometax@state.mn.us, or call 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free).
 

State Laws that Apply:

​If a tax preparer Then we may
  • ​Willfully attempts to understate the correct tax or recklessly disregards tax law while preparing a return

  • ​Assess a $500 penalty for each improperly prepared return
  • Terminate or suspend the authority to electronically transmit returns to Minnesota
  • Violates the standards of conduct required by Minnesota law



  • ​Assess a penalty up to $1,000 per violation
  • Issue a cease and desist order
  • Terminate or suspend the authority to electronically transmit returns to Minnesota
  • Violates a cease and desist order issued by the department


  • ​Assess a penalty up to $5,000 per violation
  • Terminate or suspend the authority to electronically transmit returns to Minnesota
  • ​Does not include their Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) on a form requiring a PTIN
  • ​Assess a penalty of $50 for each failure
  • ​Does not have a valid PTIN when required under Internal Revenue Code, section 6109(a)(4), and does not include a valid PTIN on a form requiring a PTIN
  • ​Assess a penalty of $500 for each failure
  • ​Is convicted of a crime related to tax returns or tax return preparation
  • Is assessed civil penalties of more than $1,000 for violations related to tax return preparation
  • Is issued a cease and desist order
  • Violates a criminal law regarding tax returns or tax return preparation
  • ​Publish their identity and violation on our Tax Preparers Subject to Sanctions list
  • ​Investigate and refer for criminal prosecution

For more information, see:

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:

How do I report an unprofessional preparer to the department?

Contact us at individual.incometax@state.mn.us, or call 651-296-3781 or 1-800-652-9094 (toll-free).
 

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.