OAKLAND — A tax preparer who ran his own Hayward enterprise was sentenced to a calendar year and a day in federal jail for submitting a false tax return, in a scenario that resulted from an undercover IRS bust, courtroom information exhibit.
Rajnish Shokeen pleaded guilty to a federal cost of submitting a bogus tax return, stemming from a 2015 assembly in which he allegedly advised an undercover agent he could get him a $1,799 federal tax refund. What Shokeen didn’t inform the agent was that he bought to that selection by filing hundreds in pretend get the job done-linked deductibles, according to federal prosecutors.
Shokeen also agreed to fork out a lot more than $100,000 in restitution, an amount calculated from his “preparation and filing of at least 52 specific earnings tax returns on behalf of other taxpayers, each and every of which contained at the very least one particular materially untrue product,” prosecutors wrote in court filings. His enterprise, Hayward Tax Assistance Inc., operated from 2011-2015.
In a letter to the court docket — which was submitted along with various letters of assistance — Shokeen provided what his lawyer known as not an justification but an clarification for the offense, boasting that he had uncovered the deduction method whilst apprenticing at yet another tax business.
Shokeen was originally accused of 50 tax-linked regulation violations, such as failure to spend his very own taxes, assistant U.S. Lawyer Leif Dautch wrote in court records.
“During discovery, Mr. Shokeen presented the authorities with paperwork claiming formerly-unreported costs related to his operation of all those firms (typically, unspecified ‘Commission’ expenses),” Dautch wrote. “While the govt has serious uncertainties with regards to the validity of all those claimed fees, the government decided to let Mr. Shokeen to file amended returns for those tax yrs and to allow any discrepancies to be resolved as a result of a civil audit.”
U.S. District Decide Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers handed down the sentence. When Shokeen is launched, he’ll be positioned on federal supervised release for a year, court records demonstrate.