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Oregon Preparer Must Repay $1.8M

A Portland, Ore.-based tax preparer, who falsely applied for benefits designed for the poor, has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for tax return fraud. The preparers, Elizabeth Munoz, 38, was also ordered this week to pay $1.8 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and $82,400 to the Oregon Department of Human Services.

From 2015 to 2018, Munoz operated a tax preparation business from her home in Southeast Portland. She prepared more than 1,300 bogus returns for more than 600 clients, causing a tax loss of about $1.8 million.

Despite charging as much as $150 per return, she reported no business income on her returns from 2014 through 2017. Munoz also submitted six years’ worth of applications to obtain more than $82,000 in public benefits designed to support the poor and indigent that she was not entitled to.

On Dec. 15, 2020, Munoz pleaded guilty to 13 counts of preparing and filing false income tax returns for clients and four counts of filing false income tax returns for herself.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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