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THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2010
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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SEEKS TO SHUT DOWN TWO GEORGIA TAX RETURN PREPARERS
Tax Return Preparers Allegedly Fabricated Numerous Claims for Tax Credits
WASHINGTON - The United States has sued two Cobb County, Ga., tax preparers, seeking to put them out of business, the Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, seeks to permanently bar Christopher Musyoki and Samuel Nganga from preparing federal returns for others. The complaint also names Musyoki's tax preparation business, Simba Consultants Inc.
According to the government complaint, Musyoki and Nganga have underreported their customers' income, and have included numerous fabricated claims for earned income and child tax credits on tax returns they prepare. Musyoki has also allegedly made fraudulent claims for the fuel tax credit. The fuel tax credit is available only in limited circumstances for off-highway business use, and fraudulently claiming the credit is one of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) "Dirty Dozens" tax scams for 2010.
The IRS has also listed tax return preparer fraud as one of its "Dirty Dozen" tax scams for 2010. The Department of Justice has obtained injunctions against hundreds of tax-return preparers and tax-fraud promoters in the past 10 years. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department website.