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Pensacola tax professional sentenced to prison for preparing false tax returns

Pensacola tax professional sentenced to prison for preparing false tax returns (Source: MGN/ Photo: Pictures of Money / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

A Pensacola tax preparer was sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay $182,877 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

According to the report, 57-year-old Benell English of Pensacola prepared taxes at Select Tax Service on E Street in Pensacola and filed false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service between 2013 and 2017.

The report states, English prepared fraudulently returns by increasing or decreasing taxpayers’ income to maximize their refunds.

According to the report English fraudulently represented the following itemized deductions without the taxpayers’ knowledge:

  • Schedule A itemized deductions,
  • Schedule C business losses or profits,
  • and/or household employee income

The report states, English earned approximately $10,600 for preparing the 18 false returns and as a result, the Internal Revenue Service paid $182,887 in refunds that should not have been paid.

English was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison Wednesday and ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service after having been found guilty on May 23 of preparing false tax returns.

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