| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013
TDD (202) 514-1888
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES TO SHUT DOWN MISSISSIPPI TAX RETURN PREPARER FOR ALLEDGEDLY OVERSTATING TAX REFUNDS
According to the complaint, Aikens prepares federal income tax returns under the name “Comprotax Service” from an office in Durant, Miss. The complaint alleges that Aikens prepared returns that overstated income, including by reporting fictitious household help income, in order to increase the amount of her customers' claim to the Earned Income Tax Credit.
The complaint further alleges that Aikens prepared returns that falsely claimed a refundable education credit on behalf of her clients.
As alleged in the complaint, the loss to the government from Aikens’ return preparation from 2009 through 2012 could exceed $7 million.
Return preparer fraud is one of the Internal Revenue Service's Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013 which can be viewed at www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Releases-the-Dirty-Dozen-Tax-Scams-for-2013. In the past ten years the Justice Department's Tax Division has obtained injunctions against hundreds of unscrupulous tax-return preparers. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department website at www.justice.gov/tax/taxpress2013.htm.