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Lafayette man pleads guilty to filing false tax return

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A Lafayette tax preparation business owner pleaded guilty Wednesday to filing a false tax return and not paying more than $350,000 in taxes owed.

Kevin Dalcourt, 49, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna to one count of making and subscribing a false tax return. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell.

According to the guilty plea, Kevin Dalcourt was a tax preparer who owned and managed Kevin’s Tax Service in Lafayette. He was incarcerated in 2010 on non-tax related state charges, but he continued to manage his tax preparation business. He trained his staff and managed his business prior to his incarceration to use false information in customer tax returns to increase the amount of the customers’ returns.

The defendant’s wife, Tamiko Dalcourt, assisted in running the company from 2010 to 2013, while her husband was in prison. Tamiko Dalcourt pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to file the couple’s 2012 joint tax return.

Kevin’s Tax Service was highly profitable, but Kevin Dalcourt did not report his income to avoid paying taxes for tax years 2009 to 2011. In that time he avoided paying an estimated total of $356,426.78 in taxes for those three years.

Kevin Dalcourt faces three years in prison, one year of supervised release, restitution and a $250,000 fine. The court set a July 21, 2017 sentencing date.

Tamiko Dalcourt pleaded guilty on March 23, 2017 to one count of willful failure to file a return, supply information or pay tax. She faces one year in prison, one year of supervised release and a $100,000 fine. The court did not set a sentencing date for Tamiko Dalcourt. The IRS conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers P. Namie is prosecuting the case.

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