A tax preparer in Fairfield County is facing prison time after admitting to preparing hundreds of false tax returns for clients.
Veronica Huitzil, 39, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport district court this week to preparing false tax returns and defrauding the IRS out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Huitzil, of Bridgeport, who operated a tax return preparation practice in Bridgeport, assisted in the preparation and filing of more than 3,700 federal tax returns for the 2014 through 2018 tax years, U.S. Attorney John Durham said.
Durham said that many of the filed tax returns claimed dependents who were not dependents, deducted thousands of dollars in business losses for fictitious businesses and included inflated or fabricated medical expenses, charitable contributions, and employee business expenses.
In total, Huitzil admitted that the IRS was defrauded out of $898,665. Durham noted that as a result of her contact, many of Huitzil’s clients filed tax returns that need to be amended, which could impact the amount of restitution she is ordered to pay.
Specifically, Huitzil pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting the filing of a false tax return.
Huitzil remains released pending her sentencing, which has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 6. She will face up to three years in prison.
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