Tax preparer of Meriden, CT sentenced for filing false tax returns

March 10th, 2010 - 7:09 am ICT by BNO News  

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT (BNO NEWS) – A tax preparer of Meriden, Connecticut, was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release for one count of aiding and abetting in the filing of a false tax return, one count of tax evasion, and one count of corruptly obstructing the due administration of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), prosecutors said.

John Waszczak Jr., 50, was the owner and operator of H&J Tax Service, a tax preparation business based in Meriden. Waszczak prepared approximately three thousand tax returns each year from 2003 to 2006. In this period, the defendant aided and prepared hundreds of fraudulent tax returns using various methods, such as the taking of fraudulent business deductions and overstating clients’ charitable contributions.

The IRS conducted an investigation on the approximately 12,000 tax returns he prepared from 2003 to 2006. They found out that 268 false tax returns were issued for a total tax loss of $548,495.

Waszczak also admitted to have evaded his own personal income tax obligations by deliberately understanding his gross receipts and overstating his own charitable contributions and gambling losses. He declared far more gambling losses than had actually incurred at the casino. The total tax loss resulting from Waszczak fraudulent own tax returns is $97,396.

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