Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Federal Court Bars Luvander Hollaway From Preparing Federal Tax Returns


WASHINGTON - A federal court in New Jersey has permanently barred Luvander Hollaway from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction order, to which Hollaway consented, was signed by Judge Stanley R. Chesler of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

The government complaint in the case alleged that Hollaway, a resident of Newark, N.J., repeatedly failed to comply with due-diligence requirements imposed by federal law on tax preparers who claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) on their customers’ returns. According to the complaint, Hollaway also allegedly falsified reported income and listed fake dependents on his customers’ returns in order to claim the maximum EITC for them.

According to the complaint, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assessed penalties against Hollaway in 2006 for failing to comply with due-diligence requirements, and a follow-up IRS investigation in 2011 revealed continuing failures and fraudulent claims.

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