DOJ Sues Jackson Hewitt For $70 Million Tax Loss

Law360, New York (April 4, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Department of Justice has sued to shut down five corporations that operate Jackson Hewitt tax-preparation franchises, charging that 165 stores in four states enabled thousands of people to fraudulently obtain $70 million in tax breaks.

The DOJ filed four related civil lawsuits on Tuesday in Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Raleigh, N.C. against the franchises and their principal owner, businessman Farrukh Sohail.

Jackson Hewitt, based in Parsippany, N.J., is the second-largest income tax preparation company in the United States, after H&R Block.

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