FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE |
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2004
TDD (202) 514-1888
COURT STOPS ABUSIVE TAX PROMOTION
California-based corporation sole and claim of right programs halted
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department announced yesterday that a federal court has ordered a Palmdale, California man to stop promoting two nationwide tax scams. The preliminary injunction entered by Judge Florence-Marie Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California orders Joseph O. Saladino and his organization, Freedom & Privacy Committee, to stop promoting two schemes known as the corporation sole and claim of right programs.
According to court filings, Saladino falsely advised prospective customers that the corporation sole program could exempt them from income taxation if they transferred their income and assets to an entity known as a corporation sole and claimed that it was a tax-exempt church. In the claim of right program, it is alleged that Saladino falsely told customers that compensation for their labor is not taxable and that they could therefore get refunds of past taxes paid.
This court order is another step forward in the battle against tax swindlers, said Eileen J. OConnor, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Departments Tax Division. The Justice Department and the IRS are working vigorously to put promoters of fraudulent tax scams out of business.
The courts order also requires Saladino to notify his customers of the injunction and to remove from his website promotional materials about the banned promotions. He is also to post a copy of the injunction order on his website.
Separate government suits against other alleged promoters of Saladinos programs are pending in several courts around the country. More information about this case and the related cases is available at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/prtax/txdv04192.htm and http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/prtax/txdv04220.htm. The Justice Department has sought and obtained injunctions against a number of tax-scam promoters. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department website at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/taxpress2004.htm. The corporation sole and claim of right programs are included in the Internal Revenue Services list of the Dirty Dozen tax scams, available at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/o,,id=120803,00.html. Information about the Justice Departments Tax Division can be found at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax.