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August 19, 2009

Editor's Note
There must be something in the air - there seem to be a lot of tax miscreants out there lately. In this month's Tax Zone e-newsletter, we take a look at IRS agents engaging in nefarious activities, concerns about tax preparer standards, and confused taxpayers, and then we take a little side trip through a virtual tax world - there's something for everyone in this issue.

Best wishes,
Gail Perry, CPA
Managing Editor


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