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Who is responsible for paying the IRS?

You are.

To me, logic says that the preparer should reimburse you only for penalties, of which there will be none, I imagine. The tax is clearly no different that what you would have paid on a correct return. To me, the interest is just the time value of the money that should have been in the government's hands. You had it, not the preparer.

That said, as a goodwill gesture I tell paying clients that I will pay any interest arising from my error on a return.

Phil Marti
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