U.S. Attorney’s Office Cautions Taxpayers To Beware Of

U.S. Attorney’s Office Cautions Taxpayers To Beware Of Fraudulent Tax Preparers
IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” Highlights Common Tax Schemes

CHARLOTTE, N.C (STL.News) With this year’s tax filing deadline approaching quickly, Acting U.S. Attorney William T. Stetzer urges taxpayers to beware of fraudulent return preparers and warns dishonest preparers that violating federal tax laws can lead to criminal actions and stiff monetary penalties.

The IRS’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams represents the worst of the worst tax schemes that taxpayers may encounter and typically peak during filing season.  Unscrupulous tax preparers are once again listed as one of the most common tax fraud schemes.

“Taxpayers rely on tax return preparers for their expertise and assistance with filing honest and accurate tax returns. When crooked preparers violate that trust, federal prosecutors will be there to hold them accountable,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Stetzer.

To highlight its message of deterrence to those who engage in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns, commit tax fraud and potentially expose their clients to serious consequences, the U.S. Attorney’s Office highlights the following criminal actions against tax preparers who have violated federal law:

On March 25, 2021, Aminta Smith, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and one year of supervised release and ordered to pay $171,017 as restitution to the IRS. 

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