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Former owner of a tax services company accused of underreporting income

An El Paso man who owned a tax services business has been charged with multiple counts of filing false income tax returns, claiming he made less than $ 26,000 a year while earning in actually over $ 350,000, according to records.

Victor Manuel Gonzalez, 59, has been indicted by a grand jury on three counts of filing a false federal income tax return, officials from the West Texas District Attorney’s Office have said.

Gonzalez owned the now closed tax preparation services business, officials said. He is accused of having produced false income tax returns between 2014 and 2016.

Authorities allege that he falsely claimed his income was $ 17,462 in 2014, $ 18,450 in 2015 and $ 25,328 in 2016. Gonzalez actually made over $ 350,000 a year, which, according to those responsible, was revealed during his testimony before the grand jury.

Gonzalez is also accused of requesting and receiving refunds through the Income Tax Credit, which is intended for low- and moderate-income workers, officials said.

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He was arrested by federal authorities on March 3.

A detention hearing took place on Tuesday during which US trial judge Anne T. Berton set Gonzalez’s bail at $ 25,000.

“Filing a tax return is one of the most important financial transactions an average US taxpayer makes every year, and the tax preparer industry is on the cusp of a new era of accountability.” said IRS Special Agent for Criminal Investigations Richard D. Goss. A declaration. Victor Manuel Gonzalez’s indictment shows IRS is taking extra action this tax season, and planning further action in the years to come, to make sure people can count on their tax preparer of income. “

Aaron Martinez can be reached at 915-546-6249; aamartinez@elpasotimes.com; @AMartinezEPT on Twitter.