Justice Department Sues to Shut Down LaGrange, Georgia Tax Return Preparer
The United States sued in federal court in Newnan, Georgia, to permanently bar Lucrezia Finch Henderson from preparing federal income tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The complaint alleges that Henderson unlawfully reported information on her customers’ returns that resulted in the customers claiming more tax credits and refunds than they were entitled to receive.
As alleged in the complaint, Henderson engaged in abusive tax schemes such as reporting fake businesses on her customers’ returns in order to generate losses to lower their tax liabilities. Henderson falsely claimed education credits for customers who did not attend college that year, according to the complaint. According to that complaint, Henderson prepares tax returns at Infinity Tax located at 104 Sage Commercial Drive, Suite B, in Lagrange, Georgia.
The IRS has a list of steps on their website that you can take now in anticipation of filing your 2017 federal income tax return and ten tips for choosing a tax preparer. Return preparer fraud was one of the IRS’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2018 and taxpayers seeking a return preparer should remain vigilant. The IRS has some information on their 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.