Valley tax preparer pleads guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns


Date: June 21, 2021


Phoenix, AZ — On June 17, 2021, Tschanavia Keyosha Jones pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. She is scheduled to be sentenced on September 7, 2021.

Between 2011 and 2015, Jones prepared and filed federal income tax returns for her clients. Around 2011, she opened a tax preparation business in California named Tax Maniacs and marketed herself as having years of experience as an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) registered tax preparer. Around 2015, Jones moved from California to Arizona. She stopped operating the Tax Maniacs business before moving to Arizona, but continued to file federal tax returns on behalf of her clients.

In her plea agreement, Jones admitted that in April 2016, she prepared and filed an Individual Tax Return, Form 1040, for a client that included educational expenses purportedly made by the client in 2015. These expenses were false. In addition, Jones included a Schedule C (Profit or Loss from Business) with the client's tax returns. This Schedule C represented that the client owned a housekeeping business and had incurred expenses during the tax year. This information was false and Jones knew this information on the tax return was false. Due to these false representations, the client received a tax refund to which she was not entitled to receive.

"Every year more than half of all U.S. taxpayers rely on paid tax preparers to prepare their returns. We expect these tax professionals to file accurate returns for their clients," stated IRS - Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Albert Childress. "Tax professionals who intentionally prepare false returns will pay the consequences for their bad deeds."

IRS - Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney's Office, District of Arizona, handled the prosecution.