Monday, November 22, 2010

Federal Court Permanently Bars Robert Knupp from Preparing Federal Tax Returns for Others


WASHINGTON - A federal court has permanently barred Robert Knupp of Marietta, Ga., from preparing federal income tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction order, signed by Chief Judge Julie E. Carnes of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, found that Knupp promotes a tax defier scheme that claims large fraudulent tax refunds for customers.

The court found that Knupp repeatedly prepared federal income tax returns claiming "huge and fraudulent" refunds for customers, "in amounts sometimes in the millions of dollars," based on a tax fraud scheme known as the "redemption" or "Form 1099-OID" scheme. It further found that Knupp prepared and filed 58 income tax returns for customers in 2009 claiming more than $11 million in fraudulent refunds. The lawsuit against Knupp was one of seven other lawsuits filed across the country in October 2009, all of which sought permanent injunctions against tax preparers who allegedly promote the redemption scheme.

The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) list of the Dirty Dozen tax scams for 2010 includes schemes involving the filing of false or misleading forms such as false OID forms as used in this case.

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