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Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Florida Tax Return Preparer

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

The United States has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against Tyrone Johnson and TJ Professional Services, LLC. The civil complaint seeks to enjoin the defendants from preparing federal income tax returns for others. The complaint also requests that the court require Johnson and the business he controls to disgorge the fees they obtained by preparing federal tax returns that make grossly incompetent, negligent, reckless, and/or fraudulent claims.

The civil complaint alleges that since at least 2016, defendants prepared returns that claim fictitious businesses and fabricated business losses. As a result, the complaint alleges, defendants decreased the amount of taxable income reported to make it appear that their customers were entitled to a larger refund than they were in fact entitled to receive. The complaint further alleges that defendants do not identify themselves as paid preparers on their customer’s returns, but instead operate as “ghost preparers” that file returns using six-digit PINs affiliated with individual customers. According to the complaint, the defendants’ schemes have cost the Treasury millions of dollars in lost tax revenue. 

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

Taxpayers seeking a return preparer should remain vigilant against unscrupulous tax preparers. The IRS offers tips on how to accurately file returns and how to choose  a tax return preparer, as well as steps taxpayers can take to get a jumpstart on filing.

Taxpayers seeking assistance can access the IRS’s free directory of federal tax preparers. The IRS also has programs offering free basic return preparation for qualifying seniors and individuals with low to moderate income). In addition, IRS Free File, a public-private partnership, offers free online tax preparation and filing options on IRS partner websites for individuals whose adjusted gross income is under $72,000. For individuals whose income is over that threshold, IRS Free File offers electronical federal tax forms that can be filled out and filed online for free.

In the past decade, the Department of Justice 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 4, 2023

Press Release Number: 23-335