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Monday, September 21, 2009

Federal Court Bars Georgia Man & Tax Preparation Businesses from Preparing Returns

Tax Preparer Allegedly Claimed Fraudulent Fuel Tax Credits for Customers

WASHINGTON - A federal court has permanently barred Wayne Perry, a Macon, Ga., man, and his tax preparation firms, Premier Choice Inc. and Perry Tax Services, from preparing federal tax returns, the Justice Department announced today. Perry agreed to the injunction.

The government’s complaint alleged that Perry fraudulently claimed fuel tax credits for customers who were not entitled to them. The fuel tax credit is available only to taxpayers who operate farm equipment or off-highway business vehicles. Perry allegedly claimed absurdly large credits by falsely reporting purchases of huge quantities of gasoline where, in most cases, the cost of the gasoline was greater than the customers’ annual income. Perry had prepared over 6,300 federal tax returns since 2004, according to the government.

Fuel credit scams were on last year’s IRS list of the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams. In the past few years the Justice Department has obtained injunctions shutting down many tax preparers who claim the phony credits on customers’ returns.

In the past decade, the Justice Department’s Tax Division has obtained more than 425 injunctions against tax fraud promoters and tax return preparers. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department’s Web site, as is information about the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

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Updated September 15, 2014