Santa Ana – LAWFUEL – IRS News – Today, Tu Ky Huynh aka Tiffany Huynh of Westminster, California made her initial appearance in United States District Court in Santa Ana to answer charges that she willfully aided and assisted in the preparation of false and fraudulent federal income tax returns related to tax years 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, and for false statements made to the Internal Revenue Service during the years 2003 and 2004.
Tiffany Huynh, a resident of Westminster, California, who owned and operated TIF, Inc. located in Huntington Beach, California, was indicted last week on twelve counts of filing false and fraudulent income tax returns. According to the indictment, Huynh prepared and represented to the Internal Revenue Service that her clients were entitled to claim certain deductions or credits such as: Earned Income Credit, Child Care Expense Credit, Business Loss, Gifts to Charity, Medical Expenses, and Education Credit, however, her clients were not entitled to claim these, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(2).
Additionally, as stated in the indictment, Huynh knowingly and willfully made and caused to be made eight false and fraudulent Forms 2848 (Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative) to the Internal Revenue Service during the years 2003 and 2004. Huynh falsely and fraudulently represented to the Internal revenue Service that she was a duly qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA), however, Huynh was not duly qualified to practice as a CPA, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001.
“IRS-Criminal Investigation takes the intentional and willful act of preparing false and fraudulent tax returns very seriously,” said Debra D. King, Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Los Angeles Field Office. “IRS special agents, along with their law enforcement partners, will continue to aggressively investigate dishonest tax professionals and ensure the public’s confidence in our tax system.”
“In furtherance of her scheme to defraud the government, Mrs. Huynh pretended to be a Certified Public Accountant to her clients and falsely claimed that designation on official IRS forms, which is a violation of federal law,” said Special Agent-in-Charge, William J. Marandola of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). “TIGTA is tasked with protecting the integrity of Federal Tax Administration and will investigate individuals who falsify their professional credentials during official IRS matters.”
If convicted of all the counts alleged in the indictment, Huynh faces a statutory maximum of 79 years in prison.
The investigation of Tiffany Huynh was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation, Los Angeles Field Office, in conjunction with the United States Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
An indictment is a charging document which contains allegations of violations committed by defendants. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty before the court.