A Bronx-based tax preparer who was awaiting sentencing for filing false tax returns was re-arrested on Wednesday on the same charge, and also happens to be the first tax preparer suspended from preparing tax returns under New York State’s new tax preparer regulations.
Joseph Barrios, Jr., 50, a New Jersey resident, owns a tax prep business that has been known at various times as JB Tax, Inc., BA Services, Barrios Agency, Inc. and All Option Service, Inc. all at the same address in the Bronx. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said it had audited more than 5,000 returns filed by Barrios from 2009 to 2013, and stopped or recovered more than $6 million in fraudulent tax refunds claimed on those returns.
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