Congressional investigators are taking aim at incompetent and fraudulent activity by the nation's tax return preparers - a problem that they say is adversely affecting millions of U.S. taxpayers.

In scheduling a new round of Capitol Hill hearings on those concerns, House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee chair Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., said that while "most tax preparers are honest ... there is a troubling and persistent occurrence of tax fraud by unscrupulous preparers who take advantage of taxpayers."

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