Today, a federal court in Fort Pierce, Florida, permanently barred a Florida tax return preparer from preparing federal tax returns for others.

According to the complaint, Brandhi Shaw prepared tax returns in Belle Glade, Florida, at Premier Financial Services and Premium Financial Solutions. The complaint alleges that Shaw prepared tax returns that purposefully understated the tax her customers owed or overstated the refunds they were entitled to claim. For example, Shaw allegedly prepared tax returns for customers that fabricated business expenses of over $40,000 in one case and over $20,000 in expenses plus over $22,000 in costs of goods sold in another.

The civil injunction order, to which Shaw agreed, was signed by Judge Aileen Cannon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Return preparer fraud is one of the IRS’ Dirty Dozen Tax Scams and taxpayers seeking a return preparer should remain vigilant. (More information…

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