The Department of Justice Tax Division recently announced its conviction and sentencing of a Texas-based tax return preparer to 42 months in prison. The preparer was convicted of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of a false tax return and aggravated identity theft.
Court documents provide the following description of the scheme at issue:
The case stands as yet another reminder that taxpayers should carefully vet their tax professionals. Preparer credentials and credibility can play an important role in avoiding tax penalties. As this case demonstrates, it can also play an important role in avoiding becoming the victim of fraud.
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