Owner of The Taxman Financial Services pleads guilty to aiding in filing false taxes


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Date: October 28, 2021

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NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Leroi G. Jackson, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to a bill of information charging him with one count of aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns, a violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2).

According to court records, Jackson is the owner and operator of The Taxman Financial Services LLC ("Taxman"), a business that prepares federal and state tax returns for customers. Taxman has an office in New Orleans and in LaPlace. Through the course of this investigation, federal agents determined that Jackson filed false income tax returns for numerous Taxman customers. For example, Jackson would create false business losses or false education credits, all without his clients' knowledge. Jackson had several employees obtain an IRS Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN), which allowed the employees to file customer taxes. However, many of these employees never used their EFINs. Jackson would then use his employees' EFINs to file false tax returns for customers. Jackson profited by charging at least $500 per return, which would be deducted from a customer's refund. From tax years 2014 through 2016, Jackson admitted that he caused a tax loss to the United States of $241,214.00. Jackson charged each taxpayer

Jackson faces a maximum sentence of three years of imprisonment, a $100,000.00 fine, up to one year of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee. Further, as part of his plea agreement, Jackson agreed to a permanent injunction against preparing tax returns for other taxpayers. Judge Morgan scheduled the sentencing hearing for Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 2 pm.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, which handled this investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew R. Payne is in charge of the prosecution.