WASHINGTON – A federal court in Montgomery, Ala., permanently barred Kenya Hendrix Adams from preparing tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The permanent injunction order was signed by U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Fuller of the Middle District of Alabama.
The order, filed on Dec. 20, 2013, also requires Adams to turn over to the United States copies of all returns or claims for refund that she prepared after Jan. 1, 2008, and to notify each person for whom she prepared returns since that date. The order authorizes the United States to monitor Adams' compliance with the terms of the order.
The government's complaint alleged that Adams repeatedly prepared federal tax returns that understated her clients’ federal tax liabilities. According to the complaint, Adams did so by falsely claiming or inflating tax credits or fabricating deductions. The suit alleges that the harm to the United States Treasury as a result of her conduct could be in the millions of dollars.
"These fraudulent tax preparers create a horrible problem in this area," said U.S. Attorney George L. Beck Jr. of the Middle District of Alabama. "What these people are doing must be stopped. I applaud the IRS for taking the steps to shut down those fraudulent tax preparers."
Claiming bogus tax refunds is one of the IRS’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams. In the past decade, the Justice Department's Tax Division has obtained injunctions against hundreds of tax fraud promoters and unscrupulous tax preparers. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department website. For more information about choosing a tax return preparer, see the IRS website and the IRS YouTube Channel.