ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Some St. Louis police officers are suing the company that handled their tax returns.
The attorney for the officers says the tax returns were bogus, and the tax service blames this all on one rogue employee.
There are more than a dozen “instant tax service” offices around St. Louis. Two police officers had their taxes prepared at an office on Union in north St. Louis.
Each was given a copy of their return but their attorney says returns actually filed with IRS was different.
“In that it had a bunch of deductions for things like medical expenses, charitable contributions, real estate taxes,” said attorney Jonathan Fortman. “That were bogus.”
Fortman says deductions for one officer showed charitable contributions that were never made, a deduction for uniforms even though the police department provides them and an $1,100 deduction for “guns for work.”
“What the scam is- the refund goes into Instant Tax’s account and then they make it appear as if there’s a refund electronically transferred into the taxpayers account from the IRS,” said Fortman.
The refund given to the customer is then much lower and the tax service keeps the difference.
A statement from the attorneys for instant tax service says the “claims relate to the acts of a single employee,” and she was fired and the IRS notified.
But the legal fight is not over. Fortman says he is looking for other former clients to join in a class action suit.