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A recent tax release by the United States Department of Justice has indicated that a tax preparer located in Newport News, Virginia has been indicted for aiding and assisting the preparation of false returns. Per the press release: According to the indictment, Angela C. Harper owned At Ease Tax Services, a tax preparation business that she operated from her home and hotel rooms in the Newport News area.  Between 2014 and 2018, Harper allegedly…
Recently, the United States Department of Justice announced that Daryl Brown, a serial non-filer, plead guilty to evading his taxes. Per the press release: According to court documents and statements made in court, from 2009 through 2016, Daryl Brown received taxable income, but did not file tax returns reporting his income or pay the taxes he owed.  To evade his taxes, Brown opened bank accounts and lines of credit in nominee names and used…
A recent tax release by the United States Department of Justice announced that Carl L. Burden, a tax preparer located in Hampton, Virginia, was indicted for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, theft of government funds, and failing to file tax returns. Per the press release: According to the indictment, from 2013 through 2019, Carl L. Burden prepared tax returns for clients in Hampton and the surrounding counties.  Burden allegedly…
A recent tax release by the United States Department of Justice has indicated that a tax preparer located in Newport News, Virginia has been indicted for aiding and assisting the preparation of false returns. Per the press release: According to the indictment, Angela C. Harper owned At Ease Tax Services, a tax preparation business that she operated from her home and hotel rooms in the Newport News area.  Between 2014 and 2018, Harper allegedly…
A recent press release by the United States Department of Justice was issued regarding a business owner in Miami that was sentenced to 24 months in prison for failure to pay employment taxes. Per the press release: According to court documents and statements made in court, between 2002 and 2017, Ricardo Betancourt owned and operated multiple parcel delivery businesses in the South Florida area.  Betancourt’s businesses earned gross revenues of more than $100 million.…
The United States Department of Justice recently announced that a resident of Colorado has been sentenced to 83 months in prison for participating in a biodiesel tax credit fraud scheme. Per the press release: According to court documents and statements made in court, Matthew Taylor and his coconspirators defrauded the United States by filing false claims for tax credits under a federal program that encourages production and use of renewable fuels. They created a…
The United States Department of Justice has issued a press release regarding the conviction of a Wisconsin based dentist for four counts of tax evasion. Per the press release:  According to evidence presented at trial, Frederick G. Kriemelmeyer, 70, operated a dental practice in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 2007, Kriemelmeyer was ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin to pay $135,337 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for unpaid…
The United States Department of Justice recently issued a press release on a tax return preparer in Mississippi that was sentenced to prison for tax crimes. Shelleen Ivory-Farmer was originally charged with aiding and assisting in the preparation of filing and filing of false tax returns. Per the press release: According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately January 2012 through April 2016, Shelleen Ivory-Farmer managed ABS Tax Services, a tax…
A recent press release from the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Renita Jenifer, a return preparer located in District Heights, Maryland, pled guilty to aiding and assisting in preparing a false tax return. Per the press release: In 2016, after IRS-Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant at RAJen’s office in D.C. and revoked Jenifer’s Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN), Jenifer formed DS Professional Tax Service LLC (DS Pro), a new tax preparation business in…
Does Your Tax Attorney, CPA, Accountant, or Tax Return Preparer Have a Conflict of Interest in Your Sales Tax or Income Tax Audit? A Tax Attorney Provides Guidance. In cases where an individual is represented before the IRS in an audit, tax court case, or collections case, the IRS’s Circular 230 provides restrictions on conflicted individuals representing taxpayers.   A conflict of interest occurs when a tax representative, whether that be a return preparer, CPA, or…