September 21, 2021

Tax Preparers Behaving Badly

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

Yes, busy season sucks. But getting sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison during busy season sucks way more. Still, I don’t think any of our friends on Tax Twitter are going to feel sorry for Nikia Tull of Norfolk, VA, who was recently sentenced to 33 months in the pokey for wire fraud […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

So this guy actually thought he could get away with this, huh? SMH. Hadi Isbaih of Palos Heights, IL, was charged in an indictment returned Monday in the Northern District of Illinois with four counts of wire fraud for allegedly fraudulently assisting customers in obtaining millions of dollars in loans under the CARES Act, authorities […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

After being indicted last week on 35 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns and two counts of willfully failing to file personal income tax returns, Ametra Q. Wooden should probably change the name of her tax preparation business to F Plus Tax Experts & Financial Services, amirite? […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

So this guy and his wife walked into MZ BIZ Tax Services in Houston last Thursday to complain about something or another regarding the tax return the business prepared for them. An argument ensued, with the owner of the business allegedly telling the couple to “get the hell out.” The wife left but the man […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

Aminta Smith, a former tax preparer in Charlotte, NC, was given 30 months to think about her choices. According to the sentencing hearing, court documents and evidence presented at trial, Smith owned and operated a Charlotte-based tax preparation business, Touch by Angels Tax Services, also known as Touch by Angels Accounting Services and Smith Tax […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

I don’t know which is more dumb: that El Paso, TX-based tax preparer Victor Gonzalez intentionally underreported his income by roughly $289,000 over a three-year period or that the name of his now-defunct business was Tax Preparation Services. Seriously, Victor? You couldn’t come up with a better name than that? Anyhoo, V-Gon was indicted recently—not […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

Alternate title: “Ex-CPA with Irish Surname Gets Jail Time on St. Patrick’s Day.” Authorities say 64-year-old Mark Harmon of Evansville, IN, who was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison on multiple counts of tax evasion, altered client invoices and falsified income on personal tax returns for several years: Harmon owned and operated Mark […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

It might just be me but it seems that tax preparation businesses with unscrupulous owners have the most ridiculous names. Would you really trust getting your taxes done correctly and legally at a place called Tax Terminatorz? Well, people did and in the process were part of Tax Terminatorz’s grand plan to screw the IRS […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

The owner of InTouch Tax Solutions in Dallas won’t be touching anyone’s tax returns for quite a while. The Feds said: A North Dallas tax return preparer was sentenced to 3½ years in prison and ordered to pay $11.9 million in restitution for filing fraudulent income tax returns, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

If you search for reviews on Yelp of the best tax preparation firms in the Bronx, it’s no surprise you don’t see RAP Tax Services among them. Maybe it’s because the owner admitted to submitting false and fraudulent tax returns on behalf of clients, falsely claiming dependents, nonexistent charitable deductions, or bogus business expenses. Yeah, […]

Your Naughty Tax Preparer of the Day

Like father, like son. On Nov. 5, 2013, Cleo Reed was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Washington for filing more than 1,300 fraudulent tax returns between October 2007 and July 2010, resulting in a tax loss of $4.2 million. Authorities said Reed inflated […]

Tax Preparers Behaving Badly: Getting Barred, Facing Jail Sentence, Doin’ Time

Usually this column is reserved for accountants doing bad things. But this week we are focusing on the worst of the worst tax preparers. Federal court permanently bars former Liberty Tax Service owners from tax preparation business [Justice Department] Steven Doletzky was permanently barred by a federal court in Tampa, FL, from operating a tax […]