Waco tax preparer sentenced to prison

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- – A Waco, Texas, tax return preparer was sentenced yesterday to 60 months in prison for her role in a scheme to defraud the United States and for filing a false federal tax return.

According to the indictment and information provided to the court, Stacey Anderson owned a tax return preparation business, Anderson Professional Tax Services, and operated the business out of her residence in Waco.

With the assistance of co-defendant Janell Lightner, Anderson prepared 2013 and 2014 tax returns claiming false business items and/or education tax credits, in order to fraudulently increase their clients’ tax refunds from the (IRS).

Anderson also filed a 2014 tax return for herself, falsely claiming an education credit and reporting a fraudulent income amount.

The total tax loss generated from this scheme exceeded $10 million.  

In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge Alan D. Albright, in Waco, Texas, ordered Anderson to serve a term of three years of supervised release and to pay restitution to the United States in the amount of $8,100,492.64.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

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