The Justice Department announced that it has asked a federal court in Chicago to bar Bruce E. Grant and his business, Quick Check Limited, from preparing tax returns, 12-979 Tax Division.
The civil injunction suit alleges that Grant falsifies customers’ income on their tax returns, frequently by fabricating business income and expenses, in order to claim the maximum earned income tax credit (EITC) for them; the maximum refundable EITC in 2010 was $5,666 and available to certain low-income people.
The complaint alleges that Grant pleaded guilty in 2006 to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, based on allegations that Grant charged customers a fee for listing a false dependent on the customers’ tax returns. The government now seeks to bar Grant permanently from preparing federal tax returns altogether. According to the complaint, Grant’s Social Security number identified him as the paid preparer on 2,555 individual income tax returns prepared in 2011. Of these returns, 2,543 request a refund.
Information about other injunction cases against hundreds of tax-return preparers and tax-fraud promoters is available on the Justice Department website.
For full article see: USDOJ: Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Chicago Tax Preparer.
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