KC Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Fraudulent Returns
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., tax preparer pleaded guilty in federal court today to aiding in the preparation of 51 fraudulent income tax returns.
Harry George, Jr., 36, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner to assisting in the preparation and filing of false and fraudulent tax returns.
George was the owner of Xpress Tax KC, LLC, an income tax preparation business located at 905 Prospect Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
By pleading guilty today, George admitted that he prepared 51 false federal income tax returns seeking fraudulent refunds by including false filing status, false education credits, false American opportunity credits, false Schedule A’s, false earned income credits, false additional child tax credits, false retirement savings contributions credits, and/or false dependents. These fraudulent returns resulted in a tax loss of $116,946.
Under federal statutes, George is subject to a sentence of up to three years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul S. Becker. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation.