| FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
TDD (202) 514-1888
FEDERAL COURT SHUTS DOWN GEORGIA TAX RETURN PREPARER
Acworth, Ga., Return Preparer Allegedly Overstated Refunds Through False Deductions and Credits
WASHINGTON – A federal court in the Northern District of Georgia permanently barred Andrew R. Heath, an Acworth, Ga., area tax preparer from preparing tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. Heath agreed to the civil injunction order without admitting the allegations against him. The government's complaint in the injunction suit was brought against both Andrew Heath and his brother, Larry J. Heath, who previously agreed to a civil injunction order.
The government complaint alleged that Andrew Heath, who operated Excellent Tax Service, repeatedly prepared federal tax returns that unlawfully understated customers' federal tax liabilities. The suit alleged that Andrew Heath concocted bogus losses, expenses, education credits, business expenses and charitable contributions, which he falsely reported on his customers' federal income tax returns.
Return preparer fraud is one of the IRS' Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013. The IRS has some tips on their website for choosing a tax preparer. In the past decade, the Tax Division has obtained injunctions against hundreds of unscrupulous tax preparers. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department website. An alphabetical listing of persons enjoined from preparing returns and promoting tax schemes can be found on this page. If you believe that one of the enjoined persons or businesses may be violating an injunction, please contact the Tax Division with details.