Hayward Tax Preparer Sentenced to Two Years in Jail for Tax Fraud
Oakland, Calif. – Naushad Buksh was sentenced yesterday to 24 months in prison for filing a false tax return and assisting in the preparation of a false tax returns, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge José M. Martínez.
Buksh pleaded guilty on January 24, 2013. According to his plea agreement, Buksh has prepared tax returns for approximately 20 years. During 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, he operated a tax return preparation business in Hayward, California, and was responsible for all income and expenses of the business. His taxable income earned from this business was $116,387, $134,843, $178,167, and $210,683, respectively. Buksh intentionally omitted this income from his tax returns, which resulted in a tax loss of $160,528.
Buksh admitted in his plea that, in addition to filing false returns for himself, he also prepared tax returns on behalf of his clients that included false deductions and credits for the purpose of creating fraudulent tax refunds. Buksh admitted that knew the deductions and credits were false because he fabricated them. Specifically, some of the false deductions and credits included home mortgage interest and points, unreimbursed employee expenses, inflated education credits, student loan interest and/or tuition fee deductions, false personal property tax deductions, and false or inflated tax preparation fees. By adding these false claims to his clients’ tax returns he caused a tax loss to the government totaling $109,077.
Buksh is scheduled to self-surrender to the custody of the U.S. Marshalls on August 20, 2013.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Parker and Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Moore are prosecuting the case. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by IRS-CI.