Bridgeport tax preparer pleads guilty | USAO-CT

Leonard C Boyle, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Joleen D. Simpson, Special Agent for the IRS Criminal Investigation in New England, announced that TORISE BAKER, 38, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Hartford to misdemeanor tax evasion.

According to court documents and a statement made in court, for the 2014 through 2016 tax years, Baker prepared approximately 3,600 federal tax returns for clients through 101 Things 2 Do, LLC, a one-stop-shop. which it operated in Bridgeport. Many of these tax returns claimed false deductions, including unreimbursed business expenses, charitable contributions, and tax preparation fees.

In April 2016, Baker encountered an undercover federal agent posing as a client. The agent provided Baker with a W-2 for the 2015 tax year, told Baker he had made no charitable donations, and provided no information on other deductions valid. On the tax return she prepared and filed for the agent, Baker included $5,520 in charitable donation deductions; $2,105 for parking fees, tolls and transportation; and $2,660 for uniforms and protective clothing.

Additionally, Baker did not file his own federal income tax returns for the 2015 and 2016 tax years.

Baker agreed to pay $112,956 in restitution to the IRS.

Baker pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the preparation and submission of false and fraudulent tax returns, an offense that carries a maximum jail term of three years. She is expected to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea on June 13. Baker is released on bail pending sentencing.

Due to Baker’s criminal conduct, many of his clients’ tax returns will need to be amended. Baker’s restitution amount may be reduced as his clients resolve their own tax debt with the IRS.

This investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed.

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