Federal Court Shuts Down Florida Tax Preparer
A federal court in Orlando, Fla., permanently barred Carlos A. Cabrera from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The permanent injunction order was signed by Judge Charlene E. Honeywell of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Cabrera, whose business was in Kissimmee, Fla., consented to the permanent injunction order without admitting the allegations against him.
The government complaint in the civil injunction action alleged that Cabrera and his business—Cabrera Financial Group—prepared federal income tax returns for customers that claimed improper losses for non-existent businesses and fabricated education credits in order to unlawfully understate customers’ tax liabilities. According to the complaint, Cabrera prepared over 17,000 tax returns for 2009 and 2010, with an average tax understatement of $4,222 per return for returns the Internal Revenue Service examined. The government suit alleged that the total losses to the Treasury Department from Cabrera’s misconduct could be tens of millions of dollars for those two years alone.
This lawsuit is part of the Justice Department’s nationwide crackdown on tax scams, including the preparation of fraudulent federal tax returns. Over the last decade, the department has obtained hundreds of injunctions to stop the promotion of tax fraud schemes and the preparation of fraudulent returns. More information about these cases and the Tax Division can be found on the department’s web site www.justice.gov/tax.