I had a Certified Public Accountant file late returns for 2012, 2013 and 2014, stating I would get money. But IRS says they were filed too late. The CPA charged me $580 to file late returns. He said I would get $1,840 back. Now IRS says in a mail that there will be no refund or a forfeit. The CPA is now unresponsive. What should I do?
Unfortunately after 3-years you forfeit your refund. This means the last chance to get a refund for your 2014 return would have been Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (October 2018 if you filed for an extension).
This sounds like tax-preparer fraud, could be worth filing a complaint via Form 14157
Edit: As @MarkOmo pointed out it looks like 14157 is the proper form for the preparer complaint.
If it was a mistake/oversight on his part, this is what he has liability insurance for.
Fraud, no. What would he gain? And why?
He has insurance to cover these types of mistakes. He deals with financial instruments, and error can happen and be costly. He likely has either a liability policy which covers injuries including financial damages. It would fall under negligence.
Or he may have an E&O Errors and Omissions Policy