Local tax preparer indicted for preparing false tax returns

A federal grand jury in Detroit charged a Detroit tax preparer on October 7 with 15 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

According to the indictment, Daneilla Allen, who at times resided in Detroit, was one of the owners and operators of a tax preparation business through which she prepared false individual income tax returns.

Allen allegedly prepared 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020 tax returns that falsely claimed deductions, business losses and tax credits in an effort to obtain refunds for clients greater than those to which the clients were entitled.

The indictment alleges that even after being notified by special agents of IRS–Criminal Investigation that she was under criminal investigation for preparing false tax returns, Allen allegedly prepared additional false returns.

If convicted, Allen faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison for each false return count. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division made the announcement.

Trial Attorneys Jeffrey A. McLellan and Sam Bean of the Justice Department’s Tax Division are prosecuting the case.

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