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TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013
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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES TO SHUT DOWN SOUTH CAROLINA TAX RETURN PREPARER
Summerville Tax Preparer Allegedly Overstates Refunds by Improperly Claiming Refundable Tax Credits and Directs the IRS to Deposit Refunds into her Bank Accounts
WASHINGTON – The United States has requested the federal district court in Charleston, S.C. to permanently bar Jessica Geddis of Summerville, S.C., from preparing federal income tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.
According to the complaint, Geddis prepared federal income tax returns from her home and as a tax preparer at MBM Tax and Accounting Services LLC. The complaint alleges that Geddis prepared returns for herself and others that overstate income by reporting fictitious household help income. Geddis overstated her customers' income in order to increase the amount of her customers' refundable tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Making Work Pay Credit.
The complaint further alleges that Geddis directed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to deposit all, or a portion of, her customers' overstated refunds into bank accounts that she controls. According to the complaint, the IRS has reviewed Geddis' bank records and determined that she has received at least 148 fraudulent tax refunds totaling $281,678 between January 2008 and May 2012.
In the past ten years the Justice Department's Tax Division has obtained injunctions against hundreds of tax-return preparers and tax-fraud promoters. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department Website at www.justice.gov/tax/taxpress2013.htm.