On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, it was announced that a woman, who owned a Shreveport tax preparation business, had pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns for herself and her clients. The defendant continued filing false returns even after her electronic filing number was revoked. 47-year-old Deborah A. Turner pleaded guilty to one count of making and subscribing a false tax return and one count of aiding and assisting in making and subscribing a false return.
According to the guilty plea, Turner owned Tax Express Refund. The business prepared taxes in Shreveport. The defendant’s Electronic Filing Identification Number or EFIN was revoked in January of 2014. Soon after, Turner began using her daughter’s EFIN to file tax returns. For the tax years 2011 to 2013, the defendant filed numerous tax returns for clients with false information.
Turner did this to ensure the clients could claim deductions, credit and expenses to increase their returns. Turner also filed a false individual tax return for the 2013 tax year. On that tax return, she failed to report $336,865 of income, which she received from her business. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on April 2, 2018.
At sentencing, Turner will face a maximum of three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a $100,000 for each count. Additional details have been made available here.