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Professional responsibility

The Tax Department is committed to holding tax preparers to the highest standards of quality service. Most tax professionals are honest and provide excellent service to their clients. The relatively few tax preparers who don't meet those standards, however, can cause serious problems.  

We work closely with professional societies, consumer advocacy groups, and law enforcement to ensure all tax preparers perform their duties in an ethical and legal manner.

New York is one of only seven states to regulate the tax preparer industry. See our Summary of the regulations.

If you are aware of any tax preparers who have engaged in illegal or improper conduct, file a tax preparer complaint.


  • Require all non-exempt tax preparers to annually register with the Tax Department.
  • Help consumers understand their rights when hiring a tax preparer.
  • Identify and discipline tax preparers who fail to meet regulatory standards.


Tax preparers