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Florida Preparer Must Repay $1.6M

A Kissimmee, Fla.-based tax preparer has been ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Joseph Amaya was sentenced to pay the amount and sentenced to a year in federal prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

Amaya, who pleaded guilty on February 16, co-owned and operated Tax Machine, a tax preparation business in Kissimmee from 2014 through about 2018.

He was founded to have trained his employee to preparer and file fraudulent tx returns and prepared and filed them himself. These returns included false claims of net business losses, along with created bogus expenses or deliberately overstated deductible expenses

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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