Judge Shuts Down Tax Preparer Working in Columbia

Three Columbia Liberty Tax stores ordered to close.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A federal judge has permanently barred a man who owns three Columbia Liberty Tax Service locations from preparing people's taxes.

The injunction prevents Christopher Paul Haynes from supervising, managing, or employing federal tax preparers. He also has to give the government a list of anyone for whom Haynes or his business prepared taxes for from 2010 to the present. 

The U.S. Justice Department says Haynes agreed to the order that's been placed against him.

The government has filed suit against Haynes, claiming that he and his employees prepared false federal tax returns to increase customers' refunds. The government alleges the activity took place at Haynes' three locations: 4058 West Beltline Boulevard, 599 St. Andrews Road, and 2700 Broad River Road. 

The order also says Haynes can sell his businesses, as long as he doesn't give it to any family member or one of his current or former employees.


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