Federal Court Permanently Bars Ft. Lauderdale, FL Firm from Preparing Federal Tax Returns for Others

July 17th, 2009

Tax Preparation Firm Repeatedly Claimed False Fuel Tax Credits

US Department of Justice

WASHINGTON – A federal court has permanently barred a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,-area woman and her company from preparing federal income tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. According to the government complaint in the case, Carole Exantus of Plantation, Fla., operated a company called J’s Corporation in Miami. The court found that J’s Corporation repeatedly prepared federal income tax returns claiming false tax credits and deductions that it knew would result in understating customers’ tax liabilities. Exantus agreed to the permanent injunction order without admitting wrongdoing.

The complaint alleged that Exantus and her employees frequently included in customers’ tax returns false claims for the fuel tax credit, which is available only for off-highway business use of fuels. The complaint further alleged that the returns Exantus and her employees prepared often claimed that her customers had bought more fuel than their incomes, as reported in the same returns, could have paid for.

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