March 14, 2017 – “Silent returns” are not allowed

Reporting source: IRS SPEC

VITA sites are not permitted to prepare ‘Silent Returns’. If we prepare ‘Silent Returns’, we would be preparing an incomplete return, and an incomplete return is not an accurate return. A return is accurate when tax law is applied correctly and the completed return is free from errors based on the taxpayer interview, their supporting documentation, and the completed Form 13614-C, Intake/Interview & Quality Review Sheet. Please reference the Volunteer Standards of Conduct, Quality Site Requirement #4, and current tax law when completing returns.

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