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Monday, September 21, 2009

Justice Department Asks Court to Bar Nebraska CPA from Preparing Tax Returns

Lexington, Neb., Man Allegedly Understates Income and Fabricates Deductions, Costing U.S. Treasury Millions in Lost Revenue

WASHINGTON - The United States has asked a federal court in Lincoln, Neb., to bar Donald Ondrak, a Lexington, Neb., CPA, from preparing tax returns, the Justice Department announced today. According to the government complaint in the case, Ondrak’s firm, Don Ondrak PC, prepares federal income tax returns for customers that unlawfully understate income and employment tax liabilities by under-reporting income, overstating expenses and claiming improper deductions for non-deductible personal expenses.

The government complaint also accuses Ondrak of helping clients use sham entities and bogus transactions in order to fraudulently understate their tax liabilities. According to the complaint, the Internal Revenue Service has examined approximately 400 returns that Ondrak prepared and found that a significant number of them understated the customer’s tax liability. The complaint estimates that the tax loss from Ondrak’s alleged misconduct between 2004 and 2007 could be in the tens of millions of dollars.

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

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Updated September 15, 2014