A federal district court in Dallas has permanently barred Desoto resident Joseph Rivas from preparing tax returns for others, according to the Justice Department. Mr. Rivas was accused of tax fraud that is alleged to have cost the U.S. government $7.8 million or more. Mr. Rivas consented to the order without admitting any wrongdoing.
The charges against Mr. Rivas included faking mortgage-interest deductions, illegally deducting Social Security taxes claiming that they were state and local taxes, and fabricating employee business expenses on tax returns. As part of the order, Mr. Rivas is required to give the government a list of the people for whom he prepared tax returns since the beginning of 2010.
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