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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Virginia Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns for Clients

Caused Tax Loss of More Than $250,000

A Danville, Virginia man pleaded guilty today to aiding in the preparation of a false tax return, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle for the Western District of Virginia.

According to documents filed with the court, Timothy Harris, 49, owned and operated TNA Tax Services and TNT Tax Services, which were located in Danville and Rocky Mount. Harris admitted that he used these businesses to prepare false tax returns for clients that claimed bogus business losses in order to seek refunds to which his clients were not entitled. After the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) revoked Harris’s Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) in December 2012, he used another person’s EFIN to continue filing tax returns. Harris admitted that his fraudulent conduct caused a tax loss of more than $250,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 24. Harris faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison, a term of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Mountcastle commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Trial Attorneys Michael C. Boteler and William M. Montague of the Tax Division, who prosecuted the case.

Additional information about the Tax Division’s enforcement efforts can be found on the division’s website.

Topic(s): 
Tax
Press Release Number: 
17-738
Updated July 6, 2017