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Hogan signs bill to beef up comptroller’s income tax enforcement powers

May 5th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The state Office of the Comptroller will have more power to crack down on identity thieves and fraudulent tax preparers under legislation signed by Gov. Larry Hogan Thursday.

The Taxpayer Protection Act, the No. 1 priority this year of Comptroller Peter Franchot amid a rise in tax fraud, passed in the final hours of this year's General Assembly session a year after similar legislation failed.

Franchot described the measure as a "game-changer."

"It's the missing piece of the puzzle for my agency," he said. "This is a very important enhancement of our duty to protect Maryland taxpayers from financial criminals."

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