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Friday, March 14, 2014

Federal Court Shuts Down Georgia Tax Return Preparer

Acworth, Ga., Return Preparer Allegedly Overstated Refunds Through False Deductions and Credits

A federal court in the Northern District of Georgia permanently barred Andrew R. Heath, an Acworth, Ga., area tax preparer from preparing tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.  Heath agreed to the civil injunction order without admitting the allegations against him.  The government’s complaint in the injunction suit was brought against both Andrew Heath and his brother, Larry J. Heath, who previously agreed to a civil injunction order. 

The government complaint alleged that Andrew Heath, who operated Excellent Tax Service, repeatedly prepared federal tax returns that unlawfully understated customers’ federal tax liabilities.  The suit alleged that Andrew Heath concocted bogus losses, expenses, education credits, business expenses and charitable contributions, which he falsely reported on his customers’ federal income tax returns.    

Return preparer fraud is one of the IRS'   Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013 .  The IRS has some tips   on their website for choosing a tax preparer.  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  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.

Related Materials:

United States v. Andrew R. Heath, etc.
Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Relief
Stipulated Final Judgment of Permanent Injunction and Order Against Defendant Andrew R. Heath

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Updated July 6, 2016