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 & Insurance Group, LLC. According to court records, between 2011 to 2016, Smith prepared fraudulent income tax returns for clients that claimed false education credits, false W-2 wages, and false Schedule C businesses to inflate the refunds paid by the IRS. In addition to filing fraudulent income tax returns for her clients, Smith falsified her own income tax returns by underreporting the fees she earned in her tax preparation business for tax years 2011 to 2015, and in some years failing to disclose that she was in engaged in the operation of a tax preparation business. In total, Smith caused more than $1 million in tax loss to the IRS.
In May 2019, a federal jury convicted Smith of aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns and filing false tax returns for herself. Following the sentencing hearing, Smith was released on bond and will be ordered to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.
Smith, who was sentenced on March 24, also has to serve one year of supervised release and was ordered to pay $171,017 as restitution.