DOJ Asks Court to Bar CPA from Preparing Returns

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The Justice Department has asked a federal court in Lincoln, Neb., to bar Donald Ondrak, a Lexington, Neb., CPA, from preparing tax returns.

According to the government complaint in the case, Ondrak’s firm, Don Ondrak PC, prepares federal income tax returns for customers that unlawfully understate income and employment tax liabilities by under-reporting income, overstating expenses and claiming improper deductions for non-deductible personal expenses.

The government complaint also accuses Ondrak of helping clients use sham entities and bogus transactions in order to fraudulently understate their tax liabilities. According to the complaint, the Internal Revenue Service has examined approximately 400 returns that Ondrak prepared and found that a significant number of them understated the customer’s tax liability. The complaint estimates that the tax loss from Ondrak’s alleged misconduct between 2004 and 2007 could be in the tens of millions of dollars.

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