There was a mistake on my taxes, so I had to pay the IRS an extra ~$1500 and the state nearly $500 plus fees and penalties.
The first new bill to come was from the IRS. In a very confusing set of emails, my preparer informed me that I did not have to pay the IRS, but then later when I wanted double confirm I didn't have to, told me I had to pay it – so I paid it.
Now I've received a new bill from the Franchise Tax Board in California saying I owe nearly $500 (again including fees and penalties) more to them.
Is my tax preparer responsible for these mistakes? Is there ANY course of action I can take? I understand I'm probably responsible for all taxes, but the fees and penalties – can anything be done?