A tax return preparer pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank. According to plea documents and statements made in court, Ashraf Eldeknawey operated a tax return preparation business during the years 2015 through 2018. Eldeknawey admitted to willfully preparing a false 2015 tax return for two clients that intentionally included overstated self-employment income in order to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and a fraudulently increased refund from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Eldeknawey admitted that his preparation of false tax returns caused a loss to the government between $40,000 and $100,000. Eldeknawey faces up to three years in prison, as well as monetary penalties. As part of the plea, Eldeknawey also agreed to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of the loss caused by his conduct.
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