Virginia Tax Return Preparer Gets 30 Months For Filing Fraudulent Returns

On Tuesday, it was announced that a Danville, Virginia resident has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for aiding and assisting with the preparation of fraudulent tax returns. In addition to the prison sentence, 49-year-old Timothy Harris will also be required to serve one year of supervised release and pay $335,389 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

Harris owned and operated TNA Tax Services and TNT Tax Services. The companies were located in Danville and Rocky Mount. The defendant used the businesses to prepare false returns for clients. The returns often claimed bogus business losses to seek refunds to which the clients were not entitled. The IRS revoked the defendant’s Electronic Filing Identification Number in December of 2012.

He then began utilizing another person’s EFIN to continue submitting tax returns. Harris admitted that his behavior caused a tax loss of more than $250,000. Harris pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return in July of 2017. Again, Timothy Harris has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and one year of supervised release.