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Woman, daughter plead guilty to tax fraud

Both face maximum penalty of 3 years in federal prison

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman and her daughter have pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting others with the filing of fraudulent tax returns, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Officials with the U.S. attorney's office said Elizabeth M. Jordan, 52, and her daughter, Dolores A. Youmans, 30, each face a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison.

Jordan had been working as a tax preparer since around 1990, according to the plea agreements. Since 2011, she was the owner and operator of a business that offered tax return preparation services.

Officials said that at the business, Jordan, Youmans and others prepared individual income tax returns with accompanying forms and schedules on behalf of clients.

In doing so, they reported false information, including false deductions, false claims for education and other credits, and false claims of business expenses, officials said. The false representations reduced the amount owed by, or increased the amount refunded to, the taxpayers.

Officials said Jordan pleaded guilty to preparing and filing a fraudulent 2011 tax return, in which she represented that the taxpayer owned a business with no income and $34,755 in expenses.

Jordan also represented on the return that the taxpayer had $4,000 in education expenses and was entitled to an education credit of $1,000. Officials said the taxpayer was a wage-earning employee of a corporation who had not operated a business in 2011 and had not incurred any education expenses that year.

The Internal Revenue Service issued a refund of $10,021 to the taxpayer after Jordan filed the return, officials said.

In the absence of the false statements and other improperly claimed deductions and credits, the taxpayer would have been entitled to a refund of $533, officials said. The tax loss to the IRS was $9,488.

Officials said Youmans pleaded guilty to preparing and filing a fraudulent 2012 tax return. On the return, she represented that the taxpayer had a business with no income and $36,895 in expenses.

Youmans also represented on the return that the taxpayer had $4,000 in education expenses and was entitled to an education credit of $1,500, officials said. The taxpayer was a wage-earning employee of a corporation, had not operated a business in 2012 and did not incur any education expenses during that year.

Officials said Youmans further represented that the taxpayer had bought 5,255 gallons of gasoline and was entitled to a $962 fuel tax credit. Although the taxpayer was a truck driver, the employer had paid for all of the fuel and the taxpayer was not entitled to the credit.

The IRS issued a refund to the taxpayer of $16,469 after Youmans filed the return, officials said.

In the absence of the false statements and other improperly claimed deductions and credits, the taxpayer would have been entitled to a refund of $5,182, officials said. The tax loss to the IRS was $11,287.

Officials said a sentencing date has not yet been set.