New Windsor tax preparer sentenced in White Plains federal court to 6 months in prison for filing false tax returns


Date: January 29, 2021


Eversley Barrett, a tax preparer and owner of a tax preparation business named Eversley Tax, in New Windsor, New York, was sentenced yesterday in White Plains federal court to six months in prison after previously pleading guilty to 16 counts of an 84-count indictment. The indictment charged him with preparing false and fraudulent individual income tax returns for his clients and himself, and tax evasion. Barrett was sentenced by United States District Judge Vincent Briccetti.

In imposing sentence, Judge Briccetti observed that a term of imprisonment was important because of the seriousness of Barrett's crimes and the need to promote deterrence in tax cases.

Barrett included, among other things, tens of thousands of dollars of false and fraudulent deductions for business expenses and gifts to charity on tax returns he prepared for himself and his clients. Barrett also failed to report on his own personal tax returns over $300,000 in receipts that he received for his tax preparation services from 2012 through 2015.

As confirmed by IRS audits as well as Barrett's admissions at his guilty plea hearing, Barrett's crimes resulted in a loss to the IRS of more than $500,000.

In addition to the prison term, Barrett was also sentenced to three years of supervised release, including an obligation to pay the IRS over $573,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties.

The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation investigated the case.

This matter is being handled by the Office's White Plains Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Margery Feinzig is in charge of the prosecution.