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DOJ: Shut Down Cartersville Tax Service

Federal prosecutors say that brothers Andrew R. Heath and Larry J. Heath "repeatedly" falsified tax returns, acts that could cost the U.S. Treasury more than $100 million.

The Justice Department has asked a federal court in Atlanta to shut down two Georgia tax preparation businesses, one of them in Cartersville.

Federal prosecutors say that brothers Andrew R. Heath and Larry J. Heath falsified tax returns, acts that could cost the U.S. Treasury more than $100 million.

Andrew R. Heath operates Excellent Tax Service in Acworth. Larry J. Heath runs Heath's Income Tax II in Cartersville.

"The Heaths and their businesses have repeatedly prepared federal tax returns that unlawfully understate customers’ federal tax liabilities," according to a statement from the Justice Department. "The suit alleges that the defendants concoct bogus losses, expenses, education credits, business expenses and charitable contributions, which they falsely report on their customers’ federal income tax returns."

About 94.5 percent of tax returns prepared by the Heaths and their businesses required Internal Revenue Service adjustments, according to a complaint.

The agency previously suspended Larry J. Heath's IRS-issued electronic filing identification number, but he allegedly sold his business to two different people and used their ID numbers to continue to file tax returns, according to the complaint.

To read the full complaint, open the attached PDF under the photo. You can also view it at http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/53620121221104351325730.PDF

Diane April 13, 2013 at 05:50 PM
My taxes were done at Heath Income Tax in Cartersville for 2011. Kathy did the return and made a $157,610.00 error; she e filed without our consent then told us we had to sign the e file notice. I notified the IRS to what had happened. The IRS sent us back there to have Larry do an amended return. He cussed us out told us to get out of his business and never come back. This action on Larry's part started a big ball rolling. I sent a fraud report to the IRS. Now instead of owing $27,000.00 we are getting a long awaited refund. I have also had a recent conversation with the FBI about the name change at Heath's to BMB with the same people still doing taxes.
Diane April 13, 2013 at 05:53 PM
taxpayer's can do better than this group
Diane April 13, 2013 at 05:59 PM
This business was on national ABC World news w/ Diane Sawyer on 4/11 2013, but due to the storms our area did not get to see it. I googled World news and tax fraud is the heading. Check it out

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