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Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas
Defendant Owned Quick File Tax Service in Addison, Farmers Branch, and Irving, Texas

DALLAS — A woman who owned a tax preparation business that had locations in Addison, Farmers Branch and Irving, Texas, My Kyung Ryoo, appeared in federal court today and pleaded guilty to one count of aiding or assisting in the preparation or presentation of a false or fraudulent individual income tax return, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Ryoo, who stated in open court today that she is 51 years of age, faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.  In addition, according to the plea agreement filed in the case, Ryoo is to pay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $65,319 in restitution.  Sentencing is set for December 17, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle.

According to the factual resume filed in the case, since 2006, Ryoo, a/k/a “Micky Ryoo,” was the owner and a return preparer at Quick File Tax Service located in Addison, Farmers Branch and Irving, Texas.  During tax years 2007 through 2010, Ryoo prepared and filed more than 2000 tax returns from her various offices, and her name, business and electronic filer identification number appeared on every tax return prepared.  Ryoo voluntarily closed Quick File in April 2011 and terminated her tax preparation business.

IRS’s audit of 30 fraudulent returns, according to the factual resume, resulted in an estimated tax loss of $65,319.  The IRS Austin Scheme Detection Center identified 1,001 suspect tax returns prepared by Ryoo that appeared to contain questionable Schedule “A” deductions.  Ryoo stipulates that the government likely could prove that a reasonable estimate of the total tax harm resulting from a substantial number of returns she prepared and filed for tax years 2007 – 2010, inclusive, is no more than $200,000.

The factual resume further states that in March 2011, a taxpayer, “AO,” requested Ryoo prepare her 2010 tax return.  In 2010, AO was employed as a housekeeper, and her recently deceased husband had worked in a furniture store.  In preparing and electronically filing that tax return, at AO’s request, Ryoo attempted to minimize AO’s and her late husband’s tax liability.  After advising AO of the possible consequences of filing a questionable return, Ryoo falsely overstated on the return that AO and her deceased husband were entitled to more than $25,000 in itemized deductions on Schedule “A.”  Ryoo also claimed that AO and her deceased husband were entitled to more than $1,500 in educations credits for which they did not qualify.

IRS Criminal Investigation is investigating.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Revesz is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated February 4, 2016