Former tax service business owner charged with underreporting income
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El Paso Times
An El Paso man who owned a tax service business was indicted on several counts of filing false tax returns, claiming he was earning less than $26,000 a year when he actually was earning more than $350,000, records show.
Victor Manuel Gonzalez, 59, was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of filing a false federal income tax return, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said.
Gonzalez owned the now-closed Tax Preparation Service business, officials said. He is accused of filing false income tax returns between 2014 to 2016.
Authorities allege he falsely claimed his income was $17,462 in 2014, $18,450 in 2015 and $25,328 in 2016. Gonzalez actually was earning more than $350,000 a year, which officials said was revealed during testimony to the grand jury.
Gonzalez also is accused of applying for and receiving refunds through the earned income tax credit, which is for low- to moderate-income workers, officials said.
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He was arrested by federal authorities March 3.
A detention hearing was held Tuesday during which U.S. Magistrate Judge Anne T. Berton set Gonzalez’s bond at $25,000.
“Filing a tax return is one of the biggest financial transactions an average American taxpayer makes each year and the tax return preparer industry is at the dawn of a new era of accountability,” IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Goss said in a statement. “The indictment of Victor Manuel Gonzalez demonstrates the IRS is taking extra steps this tax season, and planning more actions in future years, to help make sure people can count on their tax return preparer.”
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