St. Louis: Tiffany McAllister pleads guilty to tax fraud
Tiffany McAllister, a St. Louis tax advisor, pleads guilty of tax fraud
ST. LOUIS (STL. News) Tiffany McAllisterThe 44-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri, pleaded guilty to three cases of tax fraud. McAllister appeared before United States District Court Judge Ronnie L. White today.
McAllister began operating a tax preparation service in 2009 and continued the business through tax year 2019.
During that time, McAllister registered two companies with the Missouri Secretary of State and obtained employer identification numbers for them through the Internal Revenue Service, even though she had neither done business nor employed anyone through any of the companies. Nonetheless, between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016, McAllister prepared fraudulent tax returns alleging that she and some of her customers received wages and withheld taxes in relation to the fictitious companies.
McAllister also knowingly prepared tax returns for customers fraudulently claiming wages and withholding from other fictitious businesses, self-employed business losses, and educational expenses in order to increase their customers’ tax refunds.
An investigation by the Internal Revenue Service found that McAllister received a payment for assisting in the fraudulent preparation of 39 tax returns for the 2014-2017 tax years.
McAllister acknowledges that their misrepresentation resulted in tax losses for the Internal Revenue Service of $ 920,854 for the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 tax years.
Judge White has set the sentence for June 30, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
“Today Ms. McAllister admitted preparing and filing fraudulent returns with the IRS, where she blatantly ignored tax laws,” said David Talcott, assistant special adviser for the IRS Criminal Investigation Division at the St. Louis Field Office. “IRS CI Special Agents will continue to ensure that all tax advisors and others in the tax accounting profession adhere to professional standards and comply with the law.”
The Internal Revenue Service is investigating the case. United States Assistant Attorney Tracy Berry is handling the case.