Federal court shuts down Mississippi tax return preparer

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A federal court has permanently barred a Mississippi man from preparing income tax returns for others.

In April 2016, the government filed a lawsuit against Christopher Chamberlin, alleging that he prepared federal tax returns for customers that claimed fabricated business losses for customers who did not have a business. It also alleged that he claimed losses from farming businesses for customers who did not own farms.

The court ordered Wednesday that Chamberlin must deliver a copy of the injunction to all customers he prepared a tax return for, after January 1, 2014. He must also deliver a list of those customers to the United States.

Chamberlin has to turn over copies of all returns he prepared since Jan. 1, 2014, to the United States.

Return preparer fraud is one of the Internal Revenue Service’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2016.  The IRS has some tips on their website for choosing a tax preparer and has launched a free directory of federal tax preparers.

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