Shreveport tax preparer going to prison for filing false returns

Shreveport tax preparer going to prison for filing false returns

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport woman is going to prison for filing false tax returns for herself and her clients.

A federal judge recently ordered 47-year-old Deborah A. Turner, 47, to serve three years in prison, make restitution of $128,828 and serve a year on federal supervised release once she is released from prison.

Turner pleaded guilty Jan. 22 to one count each of making and subscribing a false tax return and aiding and assisting in making and subscribing a false return.

The owner of Tax Express Refund's Electronic Filing Identification Number was revoked by the IRS in January 2014, but she started using her daughter's EFIN to continue filing tax returns, according to U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph's office.

Turner also filed numerous tax returns for tax years 2011-13 containing false information so the clients could claim deductions, credits and expenses to increase the size of their refunds.

And she failed to report $336,865 of income from her business when she filed her individual return for tax year 2013, Joseph's office reports.

"Those who file federal taxes on the behalf of others have a responsibility to follow the law and conduct business honestly and ethically," the U.S. attorney says in a statement released by his office.

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