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Purvis man sentenced to 3 years for false tax return

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A Purvis man has been sentenced to serve almost three years in federal prison for assisting in the preparation of a materially false tax return.

Terance Dewune Price, 41, was identified in an investigation by the IRS-CI as a tax preparer who assisted in the preparation and presentation to the IRS of a false U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040, for an individual A. E. for the calendar year 2017.

According to court documents, the investigation revealed that the return was false and fraudulent as to a material matter in that the information provided on Line 53, a “Residential Energy Credit”, and information on Line 64, for “Federal Income Tax Withheld from Form 1099,” was false, and Price knew it was false.

“Providing clients assistance in complying with current tax laws when submitting federal returns is a responsibility Terance Price unlawfully failed to do,” IRS special agent Demetrius Hardeman said. “Dishonest tax preparers who use their knowledge of the tax system to work around it should look at Price’s sentencing as a warning that IRS Criminal Investigation and our law enforcement partners will hold them accountable for cheating the government.”

Price pled guilty on April 17 to assisting in the preparation of a materially false tax return.

He has since been sentenced to serve 34 months in prison, as well as ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and over $58,000 in restitution to the IRS.

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