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Friday, May 10, 2019

Federal Court Permanently Enjoins South Florida Tax Return Preparers

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a permanent injunction against Katiusca “Kathy” Rigaud (aka Kathy Leger), Andy Jean, and Bar Professional Services LLC (Tax Kings & Queens), barring them from preparing federal income tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.

The complaint alleges that Kathy Rigaud, Andy Jean, and Tax Kings & Queens — along with another defendant who was not subject to today’s order — prepared nearly 3,000 tax returns between 2013 and 2018, with the vast majority claiming a refund. According to the complaint, the defendants did not consistently identify themselves as the preparer on returns they prepared, as required by law. The complaint further alleges that the defendants’ practices included submitting false Schedules C (Profit or Loss from Business) for fictitious businesses to secure bogus earned income tax credits for their customers; and claiming false employee business expense deductions on Schedules A. 

Rigaud, Jean, and Tax King & Queens consented to the permanent ban. The fourth defendant, Janet Morales, has not responded to the complaint.

Return preparer fraud is one of the IRS’ Dirty Dozen Tax Scams and taxpayers seeking a return preparer should remain vigilant. The IRS has information on its website about selecting a return preparer and has launched a free directory of federal tax preparers.

In the past decade, the Tax Division has obtained injunctions against hundreds of unscrupulous tax preparers. Information about these cases is available on the Justice Department’s website. An alphabetical listing of persons enjoined from preparing returns and promoting tax schemes can be found on this page. If you believe that one of the enjoined persons or businesses may be violating an injunction, please contact the Tax Division with details.

Updated May 10, 2019