Summerville tax preparer indicted for preparing false income tax returns

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FILE – This Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 file photo shows part of a 1040 federal tax form printed from the Internal Revenue Service website. On Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s tax rate on a family making $75,000 dollars a year would go from 12% to 25%. A current federal tax rate of 12% applies to families making up to $80,000, or individuals making up to $40,000. That would still apply under Biden, who has vowed publicly not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000. (Associated Press)

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – A Summerville tax return preparer has been indicted for making and subscribing false tax returns.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, M. Rhett DeHart, announced on Thursday a federal grand jury returned a 17-count indictment against 46-year-old Earl Wayne Ravenell for preparing false income tax returns.

According to DeHart’s office, Ravenell is charged with 16 counts of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent tax returns and one count of making and subscribing a false tax return. 

He said the maximum penalty Ravenell could receive per count is three years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, and Assistant United States Attorney Dean H. Secor is prosecuting the case.

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