North Carolina Income Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Returns

The defendant's criminal conduct caused a tax loss to the IRS of approximately $600,737

North Carolina Income Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Returns
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April 4, 2017

A Durham, North Carolina tax return preparer pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina to filing false tax returns.

According to documents filed with the court, from 2012 through 2014, Laurean S. Robinson worked as the office manager and a return preparer at Tax Breaks, a tax preparation business in Durham.

Robinson admitted that she prepared returns for her clients that fraudulently claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and sought inflated refunds.

To qualify her clients for the EITC, Robinson falsely reported that they earned income providing household services—such as babysitting and caretaking. Robinson trained other Tax Breaks employees to prepare false returns in a similar fashion.

In addition to fees charged by Tax Breaks, Robinson also often required her clients to pay her an additional fee in cash. Robinson's criminal conduct caused a tax loss to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of approximately $600,737.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 15, 2017. Robinson faces a statutory maximum prison sentence of three years, a period of supervised release, restitution, as well as monetary penalties.