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Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Broward County, Florida Tax Return Preparer

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

The Justice Department filed a civil injunction suit today to permanently bar Dexter Bataille and his tax return preparation business, Capital Financial Holdings LLC, from preparing federal income tax returns for others. The United States also seeks an order demanding Bataille disgorge his ill-gotten gains earned by preparing fraudulent tax returns.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleges that Bataille prepared hundreds of federal income tax returns from 2015 through 2023 that intentionally understated customers’ tax liabilities and overstated the refunds to which they were entitled. The complaint describes the various schemes Bataille allegedly used to, among other things, fraudulently increase customers claims for Earned Income Tax Credits and Additional Child Tax Credits by manipulating customers’ taxable income in fabricating household help income, misreporting their filing statuses or claiming false business income and losses. Bataille’s alleged, systematic fraudulent manipulation of customers’ tax liabilities and refund claims has caused a significant loss in federal tax revenue, estimated to be over $1.5 million for tax year 2021 alone.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General David A. Hubbert of the Justice Department’s Tax Division made the announcement.

Attorneys from the Tax Division are handling the case.

Taxpayers seeking a return preparer should remain vigilant against unscrupulous tax preparers. The IRS has information on its website for choosing a tax return preparer and has launched a free directory of federal tax preparers. The IRS also offers guidance on the credentials and qualifications that taxpayers should seek from their return preparer.

In the past decade, the Justice Department’s 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 March 28, 2024

Press Release Number: 24-369