Tax preparer pleads guilty to helping file false returns

A tax preparer pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to charges that she assisted in the filing of a false tax return, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Patsy D. Baker will be sentenced at a later date. She faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to a news release.

Baker, the owner of Elite Tax Service, operated a tax refund preparation business out of Kazzmo’s restaurant in Eatonton. From 2003 to 2006 she represented to the Internal Revenue Service that information in 15 tax returns was accurate while knowing the information was false. For example, she made representations of fictitious employment, according to the news release.

The false information made it appear that taxpayers were entitled to larger tax refunds than they would have received with truthful, accurate information, according to the release.