Justice Department sues to shut down Texas return preparators

The The United States sued for a civil injunction to permanently ban Jason Elias Briley; Roxann Ladawn Johnson fka Roxann Ladawn Ellis; Alexander McKenzie; Courtney Jones; Derek Brooks; Deanna McKenzie; Erbia Lewis; Patrick McKenzie and JRC Elite Tax Solutions LLC dba Elite Tax Solutions prepare federal tax returns for others. The complaint also asks the court to order the defendants to return the fees they obtained by preparing false and fraudulent tax returns.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleges that these tax preparers prepared more than 1,300 returns in 2021 and more than 3,100 returns in 2022. According to the complaint, Briley and the others prepared statements that falsely claimed more than $53 million in credits and reimbursements intended to provide COVID-19 relief to the self-employed.

Assistant Deputy Attorney General David A. Hubbert of the Justice Department’s Taxation Division made the announcement.

Tax preparer fraud is one of the IRS frauds Dirty dozen tax scams and taxpayers looking for a tax preparer should stay alert. (After information can also be found here.) The IRS has information on his website for the selection of a tax preparer, launched a free directory federal tax preparers and offers information on the way to avoid “ghost” tax preparers, whose refusal to sign a declaration should be a wake-up call for taxpayers. The IRS also has a control List things to remember when filing taxes in 2022.

In addition, IRS Free File, a public-private partnership, offers free online tax preparation and filing options on partner IRS websites for individuals with adjusted gross incomes below $73,000. For people with income above this threshold, IRS Free File offers electronic federal tax forms that can be completed and filed online for free. The taxman has tips on how seniors and people with low to moderate incomes can also get help or advice on tax preparation.

Over the past decade, the Tax Division has obtained injunctions against hundreds of unscrupulous tax preparers. Information on these cases is available on the Ministry of Justice website. website. An alphabetical list of persons prohibited from making reports and promoting tax schemes is available this page. If you believe that any of the persons or companies concerned are violating an injunction, please contact the Tax Division with details.

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