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Federal judge puts Jackson tax preparer out of business

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A federal court has permanently barred Kavivah Branson, aka Kavivah Bradley, of Clinton, and her Jackson business, Branson Tax Service, from preparing federal tax returns for others.

The civil injunction order, to which Branson consented, was signed by U. S. District Judge Tom Lee.

The complaint accused Branson of claiming improper earned income tax credits and education credits for her customers despite the fact they had no supporting documentation.

These unsubstantiated credits often resulted in overstated refunds.

According to the complaint, over 99 percent of the 2,401 returns Branson has prepared since Jan. 1, 2009, sought a refund, and 97 percent of the 287 returns the IRS audited to date understated the customer's tax liability by an average of $5,006. 

Given the number of returns Branson has prepared since 2009, the harm to the U.S. Treasury caused by her practices could be in the millions of dollars. 

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