A federal court in the Southern District of Florida, West Palm Beach Division, has permanently enjoined four Palm Beach-area tax return preparers from preparing federal income tax returns for others and from owning or operating any tax return business in the future.

In issuing an injunction against Marcus Alty; Jeanait Mathurin; Prestige Tax Services Inc. (dba Just Tax Services LLC); and Excellent Tax Services “LLC” (dba Excellent Tax Services), the court found that the defendants prepared tax returns making false or fraudulent claims for the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, often based on fabricated business income and expenses. The order further holds that the defendants prepared returns that falsely claimed fuel tax credits and that reported false education expenses. The civil complaint filed against the defendants alleged that their fraudulent activities resulted in a loss to the Treasury of over $5…

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