The Internal Revenue Service through the Department of Justice has filed into the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania asking the court to bar three Philadelphia are tax preparers and nationals from Liberia.
In the IRS vigorous campaign to crackdown on unscrupulous tax preparers and bogus refunds, Deron O. Joe, Edmund Dassin, and James Tokpawhiea are accused by the IRS of preparing false tax returns and claiming bogus refunds on customers income tax returns.
In what the IRS called the “Dirty Dozen Scheme”, the three Philadelphia area tax preparers were engaged in a systemic pattern of tax fraud by inflicting and making bogus claims on their customers income tax forms with the intention defraud the government which resulted into the United States government losing over 1.2 million by falsely claiming the First Time Home Buyer Credit just in 2009 alone.
According to the Justice Department’s complaint filed into the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on April 19, 2012, prays for the permanent injunction of the three Philadelphia area tax preparers from preparing tax and shutdown the Urban Tax Professional Service, the business through which they carried out their scheme.
The Fed complaint argues the court that the three tax preparers fraudulently claimed the First Time Home Buyer Credit (FTHBC) passed by the Obama administration in 2008 on the 2009 tax forms of their when in fact they never bought home or own a home but were renting. Most of the three accused customers come from Liberia and were referred to them by friends or relatives and from investigation, they were not aware of the scheme.
Documents filed by the Justice Department reveal the three tax preparers were raided in 2011 when they operated through Edron Tax Professional where they carried out their fraud, they were aware that were being investigated but rather than refraining from preparing tax, they changed their tax preparing entity, Edron Tax Professional Service to Urban Tax Professional Service and moved to a new location but retained the EITN assigned to their first business by the IRS. The IRS is suing for losing over $1.4 million cause by the unscrupulous and bogus business practices of the three Philadelphia area tax preparers.
The Fed is arguing the court to bar the three tax preparers because they are harm to the public.
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