Tax Preparer Sentenced To Federal Prison
Orlando, FL - U.S. District Judge Anne C. Conway today sentenced William M. Gatlin (51, Kissimmee) to 36 months in federal prison for aiding and abetting the false preparation of tax returns. The court also ordered Gatlin to serve a one-year term of supervised release, following his prison term. On September 24, 2012, Gatlin pleaded guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting the false preparation of tax returns.
According to court documents, Gatlin was the president of Taxes By Mr. Bill, Inc., a tax preparation business in Orlando and Kissimmee. He aided and assisted in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns for his clients, causing false and inflated income tax refunds for the tax years 2006, 2007, and 2008. On tax returns that he had prepared, Gatlin fraudulently claimed a first-time home buyer credit. He also deducted student tuition, fees, and student loan interest on returns where individuals did not pay these costs. Gatlin also prepared returns where he fraudulently listed deductions for Schedule C business losses when he knew that his clients did not own a business or have Schedule C losses. All of the deductions were done without his clients’ knowledge.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tanya Davis Wilson.