Last month, a Tulsa tax preparer, 46-year-old Kathy Morris, was sentenced for reportedly assisting in the preparation of false federal income tax returns.
According to Tulsa World, Ms. Kathy Morris allegedly pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the filing of the false income tax returns and was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay more than $79,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
According to an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ms. Morris used her expertise to prepare numerous false tax returns on behalf of unknowing taxpayers who did not provide their consent for her actions. The indictment against Ms. Morris alleged that she assisted in the preparation of false returns on behalf of seven clients between April 2009 and April 2011. More specifically, she allegedly included false deductions on these returns which resulted in greater refunds for her clients and higher fees for her.
Ms. Morris faced over 20 criminal counts in the indictment, which dealt with violations of Title 26 of the U.S. Code. The defendant was working as an unlicensed tax preparer at the time of the alleged offenses.
Unfortunately, fraud on the behalf of a tax preparer is not uncommon. Tax return preparer fraud was included as one of the “IRS 2013 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams” in a recent publication. For more information about this, and the other 11 scams that make up this year’s IRS dirty dozen, please read our blog post, “IRS 2013 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams.”
Our Oklahoma tax lawyers wish everyone who was hurt by this Tulsa tax preparer a full financial recovery from any IRS or Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) problems that resulted from the filing of false income tax returns.