Federal Court Shuts Down South Florida Tax Return Preparers
A federal court in Miami, Florida, entered a permanent injunction today barring Vilbrun Simon, Saintanise Agenord, Simon Accounting & Tax Services LLC, and Village Tax Multi Services from preparing federal income tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced.
In the complaint filed in this case, the government alleged that defendants filed federal tax returns that fabricated income, deductions, and credits in order to falsely inflate the refunds claimed on their customers’ returns. The government further alleged that defendants usually deducted their fee for preparing returns from the customer’s refund without the customer’s knowledge.
After a three-day bench trial, the court granted the United States’ request for a permanent injunction prohibiting defendants from engaging in certain activities related to preparing tax returns for others. The court also prohibited defendants from operating, managing, or participating in any business which prepares federal tax returns. The court’s order also requires defendants to post notification on any entry into any business they own or operate, directly or directly, that no tax return will be prepared at such location or by any of the defendants at any other location.
In an earlier order, the court barred defendant Wilcienne Pierre from preparing tax returns for others.
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.