Legal action sought to stop Arizona tax business for committing fraud

Golden Heart Tax Services Faces Fraud Lawsuit: IRS Alleges Undisclosed Fees, False Claims in $10 Million Scandal

In Arizona, the Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Golden Heart Tax Services and its tax preparers for alleged fraudulent activity. The request seeks a permanent injunction to dismantle the business and prevent the defendants from owning or operating a tax preparation business or preparing tax returns. The complaint also seeks a court order for the defendants to return any preparation fees earned by allegedly preparing fraudulent or false tax returns.

The defendants named in the lawsuit are Mayuen Ajak, Yier Deng, Bol Guot, and Gabriel Kuot, along with Golden Heart Tax Services LLC. The business is currently operating in Arizona, Texas, Missouri, and Nebraska, with its founding taking place in Texas in 2018.

The complaint accuses the defendants of falsely preparing tax returns to increase customer refunds and profiting through undisclosed preparation fees. They are alleged to have claimed false fuel, COVID-related, education, and earned income tax credits as well as fabricating business-related incomes. Many of the defendants’ clients are immigrants who have little knowledge of US tax laws and are targeted by the defendants for their services.

According to estimates by the IRS, approximately $10 million was lost due to the defendants’ alleged misconduct resulting in underreported income or unpaid taxes. To help taxpayers avoid unethical tax preparers, the IRS has provided information on its website on how to select a reputable tax return preparer and offers a directory of approved providers. Stay tuned for updates as this story unfolds on @KTAR923. If you have a story idea or tip please reach out to KTAR News team.

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