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Friday, January 22, 2016
New Jersey Court Permanently Bars South Florida Man from Preparing Tax Returns for Others
A federal court in New Jersey has permanently barred a South Florida man from preparing federal income tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.
Felix Taveras Santos, of Doral, Florida, is prohibited individually and doing business as Latino Tax LLC, from operating a tax return preparation business in the future, pursuant to the civil injunction order. Santos agreed to the entry of the injunction but did not admit to the allegations in the civil complaint against him.
According to the complaint, Santos and his business, which was located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, prepared false and improper returns during the 2010 through 2014 filing seasons. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audited 43 federal tax returns that Santos or one of his employees prepared, and the audits resulted in adjustment of 80 percent of those returns and a total income tax deficiency of approximately $100,000, according to the complaint. The complaint alleged that Santos and his employees understated their customers’ tax liabilities or inflated their refunds by improperly:
claiming child tax credits, including for children who lived outside of the United States;
declaring dependency exemptions, for instance, for customers who had no proof that they supported the children; and
using incorrect filing statuses, such as single or head-of-household for customers who were married.
The injunction order requires Santos to provide the United States with a list of his customers since 2010 and to send a copy of the court’s injunction order to all customers for whom he and Latino Tax LLC prepared returns starting in 2010.