Arizona Tax Business Faces Injunction for Alleged Fraud

The Justice Department has filed a permanent injunction request against Golden Heart Tax Services, a tax preparation business in Arizona and its tax preparers. The defendants, including Mayuen Ajak, Yier Deng, Bol Guot, Gabriel Kuot, and Golden Heart Tax Services LLC, are accused of fraudulent activity that led to the loss of approximately $10 million in underreported income or unpaid taxes.

The complaint alleges that the defendants falsely prepared tax returns to increase customer refunds and profit through high undisclosed preparation fees. They claimed false fuel, COVID-related, education, and earned income tax credits and fabricated business-related incomes. Many of their customers were immigrants to the United States with limited English proficiency and tax knowledge.

To help taxpayers avoid unscrupulous tax preparers, the IRS provides information on its website about choosing a tax return preparer. The IRS also offers a directory of legitimate tax preparers to assist taxpayers in finding reputable services. It is crucial for individuals to be cautious and informed when selecting a tax preparation service to avoid falling victim to fraudulent practices.

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