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Virginia tax return preparer pleads guilty to filing false tax returns for clients

Timothy Harris, 49, pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns

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DANVILLE, Va. – A Danville man pleaded guilty Thursday to aiding in the preparation of a false tax return, the Justice Department’s Tax Division and the Western District of Virginia said. 

According to documents filed with the court, Timothy Harris, 49, owned and operated TNA Tax Services and TNT Tax Services, which were located in Danville and Rocky Mount. 

Harris admitted that he used businesses to prepare false tax returns for clients that claimed bogus business losses in order to seek refunds to which his clients were not entitled. 

After the Internal Revenue Service revoked Harris' electronic filing identification number in December 2012, he used another person’s EFIN to continue filing tax returns. 

Harris admitted that his fraudulent conduct caused a tax loss of more than $250,000. 

Harris faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison, a term of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.

His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 24.