New York Tax Preparer Admits to Aiding in $6 Million in False Refund Claims – Los Angeles Income Tax Planning and Income Tax Litigation Attorney Bruce Givner

by Bruce Givner on February 4, 2014

As part of its ongoing efforts to investigate the filing of false state and federal income tax returns, the New York State Department of Taxation announced Friday, January 31, that a Bronx tax preparer will be sentenced to jail time for aiding in the filing of false corporate tax returns.

Joseph Barrios, Jr., 50, from Mahwah, NJ, admitted to two felony counts of aiding and assisting the preparation of false returns on behalf of his clients. The state Department of Taxation audited more than 5,000 returns between 2009 – 2013 prepared by Barrios, the proprietor of JB Tax, Inc. also known as All Options Services Inc., and stopped or recovered more than $6 million in fraudulent refunds. Barrios agreed to spend six months on Rikers Island and refrain from preparing any tax returns for five years in a plea deal. Barrios must also pay a $20,000 fine.

The commissioner of the state Department of Taxation and Finance, Thomas Mattox, said “Preparers who betray that trust not only break the law, but jeopardize their clients’ finances,” noting that some 70% of New Yorkers pay someone to prepare their returns.

Additionally, Barrios’s brother, William Barrios, owner of the NY All Services Corp., was charged with failing to timely file his own personal and corporate income tax returns from 2005-2008, a charge that was also levelled at Joseph Barrios, Jr.

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