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(a) It is a violation of this chapter for a tax preparer to do or commit, and the council may deny an application for registration or discipline a registrant for, any of the following:
(1) Fail to register as a tax preparer with the council.
(2) Make, or authorize the making of, any statement or representation, oral or written or recorded by any means, which is intended to induce persons to use the tax preparation service of the tax preparer, which statement or representation is fraudulent, untrue, or misleading.
(3) Obtain the signature of a customer to a tax return or authorizing document which contains blank spaces to be filled in after it has been signed.
(4) Fail or refuse to give a customer, for his or her own records, a copy of any document requiring the customer's signature, within a reasonable time after the customer signs the document.
(5) Fail to maintain a copy of any tax return prepared for a customer for four years from the date of completion or the due date of the return, whichever is later.
(6) Engage in advertising practices which are fraudulent, untrue, or misleading, including, but not limited to, assertions that the bond required by Section 22250.1 in any way implies licensure or endorsement of a tax preparer by the State of California.
(7) Violate Section 17530.5 .
(8) Violate Section 7216 of Title 26 of the United States Code .
(9) Fail to sign a customer's tax return when payment for services rendered has been made.
(10) Fail to return, upon the demand by or on behalf of a customer, records or other data provided to the tax preparer by the customer.
(11) Knowingly give false or misleading information to the consumer pursuant to Section 22252 , or give false or misleading information to the surety company pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 22250.1 , or give false or misleading information to the California Tax Education Council pursuant to Section 22255 .
(12) Commit unprofessional conduct, including, but not limited to, denial of licensure, certificate, permit, or registration, or revocation, suspension, restriction, or any other disciplinary action against an applicant or registrant by the federal government or another state or territory of the United States, by any other government agency, or by another professional licensing board or organization. A certified copy of the decision, order, or judgment shall be conclusive evidence of these actions.
(13) Procure or attempt to procure a registration by fraud, misrepresentation, or mistake.
(14) Violate or attempt to violate, directly or indirectly, or assist in or abet the violation of, or conspire to violate, any provision or term of this chapter or any rule or bylaw adopted by the council.
(15) Be convicted of any felony or misdemeanor that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a registrant, in which event the record of the conviction shall be conclusive evidence of the crime.
(16) Impersonate an applicant or act as a proxy for an applicant in any situation or examination referred to under this chapter for the issuance of a registration.
(17) Impersonate a registrant, or permit or allow an unregistered person to use a registration.
(18) Commit any fraudulent, dishonest, or corrupt act that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a registrant.
(b) Each violation of this section constitutes a separate offense.
(c) A violation of paragraphs (12) to (18), inclusive, of subdivision (a) is not subject to subdivision (b) of Section 22256 .
(d) The council may enter into an agreement with the Franchise Tax Board to provide reimbursement to the Franchise Tax Board for assistance in carrying out enforcement activities consistent with this chapter.
(e) Beginning July 1, 2019, the council shall post the following on its Internet Web site:
(1) All disciplinary actions taken against registrants by the council, including, but not limited to, misconduct that resulted in a suspension or revocation.
(2) A list of registrants on probation, including the misconduct that resulted in the probation and any terms of probation.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - California Code, Business and Professions Code - BPC § 22253 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/business-and-professions-code/bpc-sect-22253/
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