Florida Tax Preparer Barred Forever Over Fraudulent Returns

By Hannah Albarazi (January 28, 2021, 6:50 PM EST) -- A Florida federal judge has barred an accounting firm and its owner from ever again offering tax preparation services, finding that the firm's continued preparation of fraudulent tax returns had "caused significant financial harm to the Treasury over time and have undermined public trust in the tax system."

U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks on Wednesday permanently enjoined Lena Cotton and her company Professional Accounting LDC of West Palm Beach from ever again preparing or filing, either directly or indirectly, tax returns for anyone but herself, finding that she and her company had violated court orders temporarily barring them from tax preparation....

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