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 for choosing a stupid name for his business but for the underreporting income thing:

El Paso businessman, 59-year-old Victor Manuel Gonzalez, sole proprietor of the now-closed Tax Preparation Service, allegedly underreported his income on personal tax returns causing a tax loss of over $100,000, announced U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff and Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Goss, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRSCI), Houston Field Office.

A federal grand jury indictment unsealed last week charges Gonzalez with three counts of filing a false federal income tax return. The indictment alleges that Gonzalez filed fraudulent returns for three years. Gonzalez claimed his income was $17,462, $18,450 and $25,328 for tax years 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. Court testimony today revealed that Gonzalez actually earned over $350,000 during that period. In addition to underreporting his yearly income, Gonzalez applied for and improperly received funds through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is a refundable tax credit for low to moderate income workers.

Gonzalez, who was arrested by federal authorities on March 3, had his bond set at $25,000 during a detention hearing on March 16. No word yet on whether he posted bond.

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  1. Underreporting his income to not only cheat the government of their revenue but also scammed them for EIC and probably other slew of social benefits (e.g., food stamp).

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