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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Owner of Income Tax Preparation Business Sentenced to Prison for Preparing Falsified Income Tax Returns for Clients

Brannum Owned “Dave’s Tax Service” in Caldwell

BOISE – David Lee Brannum, 56, now of Washougal, Washington, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for preparing false income tax returns for clients of his business, “Dave’s Tax Service,” U.S. Attorney Bart Davis announced today.  U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered that Brannum pay $101,550 in restitution to the IRS and placed Brannum on one year of supervised release after his prison sentence ends.

According to court records, in January 2019, Brannum pleaded guilty to one count of assisting, advising, and counseling clients to submit materially false federal income tax returns to the IRS.  According to the plea agreement filed in this case, from 2003 through 2015, Brannum operated his tax preparation business in Idaho and Nevada and submitted hundreds of federal income tax returns.  Brannum often claimed false and fraudulent itemized deductions for his clients, which had the effect of decreasing their tax liability and generating improper refunds.  Specifically, Brannum inflated the amounts of his clients’ charitable contributions and entered amounts for unreimbursed employee expenses that were not substantiated, that he inflated, or that he knew were not allowable.  

This case was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigations Division.

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Financial Fraud
Tax
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CASSIE FULGHUM Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated June 6, 2019