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Ghost preparers

The FTB and CTEC have begun a Ghost Preparer pilot program. “Ghost Preparers” are tax preparers who fail to provide their PTIN or otherwise failed to identify themselves on tax returns they prepared for compensation.

The Ghost Preparer pilot program includes two new letters, FTB 906A — Tax Preparer Verification, and FTB 906B — Request for Tax Preparer Information. Both letters were created to help identify ghost preparers by requesting the tax preparer’s identifying information. The FTB mailed the FTB 906A letters to tax preparers during the week of November 18, 2019. The response or lack of response received from the tax preparer after 30 days will allow staff to determine who will receive the FTB 906B letter. FTB 906B letters will be mailed to taxpayers in December 2019 and January 2020.

Click here to report unregistered tax preparers and ghost preparers. All complaints go directly to our CTEC staff. CTEC and the FTB will not share your identity and also cannot provide updates about the case due to privacy and disclosure laws.