Immigrants Without Borders Founder Had Clients Claim Mexican Relatives On US Tax Returns

Elias Bermudez

Elias Bermudez, founder of Immigrants Without Borders and owner of El Centro de Ayuda, a tax preparation and immigration service was charged on October 3 with 27 counts of aiding in the preparation of false tax returns.

Bermudez’s arraignment set for October 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in Phoenix before Magistrate Judge Bridget Bade.

Bermudez had  El Centro de Ayuda (The Help Center) offices in Phoenix and Tucson.

The government alleges “that for the tax years 2010 through 2012, Bermudez prepared and 22 filed tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) on behalf of individuals that contained false information. Specifically, Bermudez added a false number of dependents to his clients’ returns in order to maximize refundable credits under the Additional Child Tax Credit.”

Allegedly “Bermudez’s clients, at his direction, listed dependents on their tax returns who did not meet the IRS’ s qualifications, including listing dependents who lived in Mexico and not with the taxpayer, and dependents who had not received half of their financial support from the taxpayer. For example, Bermudez encouraged his clients to list family members living in Mexico, many of whom were not the taxpayer’s children or dependents, as dependents on the taxpayer’s tax returns,” according to the indictment.

5 Comments on "Immigrants Without Borders Founder Had Clients Claim Mexican Relatives On US Tax Returns"

  1. The Oracle of Tucson | October 7, 2017 at 3:39 am | Reply

    Wow a one man crime wave.
    Elias Bermudez has demonstrated that he had no respect for this nation and its laws.
    If found guilty, I hope he gets the maximum sentence since he not only gamed the system, facilitated the theft of the people’s money from the treasury, but betrayed the trust of his clients as well.

    The Oracle

  2. Bermudez = azwhole

  3. interesting example of the cause and effect – as well as participation of those here illegally. Oh we didn’t know what he was doing… is not excuse.

  4. And really this is ‘news’, how? Has been going on for years, just like the kids crossing the border to go to school here using the address of ‘relatives’ as their domicile. There were several articles on this some years ago to include tv coverage

    What is ‘news’ is that they found 1 guy from 5-6 YEARS ago to charge!

    • Perhaps the real news is, that “they” think they can get away with prosecuting so few when there is every indication that these frauds are a widespread practice thanks to President Obama`s own refusal to comply with our laws.

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