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Jacksonville Tax Preparation Enterprise Proprietor Sentenced to Federal Jail for Tax Fraud | USAO-MDFL

Jacksonville, Florida – Marcia Morales Howard District has sentenced Kenyan Shondre Scott to 18 months federal prison for helping and assisting others with fraudulent tax filing and filing fraudulent tax returns on his own behalf. Scott was also asked to repay the United States a tax loss of $ 553,403. He pleaded guilty on February 24, 2021.

According to court documents and facts presented at his judgment hearing, Scott owned and operated a tax filing company in Jacksonville that he opened in 2009. Between February 2014 and April 2018, Scott prepared and filed tax returns for others alleging, among other things, falsely allegations that taxpayers owned businesses and incurred deductible business expenses, were entitled to general business and educational tax breaks, and suffered deductible non-reimbursed employee expenses . These representations were incorrect and significantly increased customer tax refunds.

In his own tax returns, Scott significantly underestimated the income he earned from his tax advisory business, as shown in the following table:

Tax year

Reported adjusted gross income

VAT

Refund requested

Approximate true adjusted gross income

Approximate Taxes on True AGI

2013

$ 43,691

$ 51

$ 97,846

$ 36,928

2014

$ 39,552

$ 50

$ 279,898

$ 108,033

2015

$ 37,943

$ 49

$ 151,216

$ 57,230

2016

$ 28,072

$ 44

$ 193,898

$ 72,681

“We want everyone who files a tax return to claim the deductions and credits to which they are entitled by law; However, no one is authorized to defraud the government, ”said the special agent in charge, Brian Payne, of the IRS Criminal Investigation. “Today’s conviction of Kenyan Scott shows that protecting taxpayers’ money is a matter we take very seriously – prosecute those who are wrongfully filling their pockets by preparing false claims for themselves and others. ”

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by US Assistant Attorney Arnold B. Corsmeier.

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