A federal court has permanently barred a Michigan couple, Damian and Holly Jackson, of Detroit, from preparing federal tax returns for others, preparing their own federal tax returns using false 1099 forms, and promoting an alleged tax-fraud scheme based on the frivolous “redemption” theory, the Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction order, to which the Jacksons consented without admitting the allegations against them, was signed by Judge Paul D. Borman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
The government complaint in the civil case alleged that the Jacksons and their business, Diamond & Associates Enterprises, operated Diamond Tax Services and promoted a scheme involving the preparation of fraudulent federal income tax returns for customers seeking large tax refunds based on a frivolous tax-defier theory called “redemption” or “commercial redemption.”
The complaint alleged that Damian Jackson, a minister at the Perfecting Church in Detroit, prepared tax returns that claimed huge fraudulent refunds based on fabricated income-tax withholding reported on false IRS 1099 forms. According to the complaint, Holly Jackson transmitted the false 1099 forms to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The suit alleged that federal tax returns prepared for at least 182 customers under the auspices of Diamond Tax Services sought over $29 million in fraudulent refunds, and that the Jacksons’ own federal income tax returns have requested more than $2.5 million in bogus refunds. While most of these frivolous refund claims are intercepted by the IRS before refunds are issued, the complaint alleges that the defendants’ scheme has caused the IRS to issue at least $1.6 million in erroneous refunds to the defendants’ customers. According to the complaint, the Jacksons solicited up-front fees of $500 to $995 from customers, and received a 10 percent cut of any refund issued by the IRS.