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Florida Preparer Must Repay $1.6M

A Kissimmee, Fla.-based tax preparer has been ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. Joseph Amaya was sentenced to pay the amount and sentenced to a year in federal prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.

Amaya, who pleaded guilty on February 16, co-owned and operated Tax Machine, a tax preparation business in Kissimmee from 2014 through about 2018.

He was founded to have trained his employee to preparer and file fraudulent tx returns and prepared and filed them himself. These returns included false claims of net business losses, along with created bogus expenses or deliberately overstated deductible expenses

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