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If You Were a Client of Castro & Company You Should Consult With A Qualified Tax Attorney

If You Were a Client of Castro & Company You Should Consult With A Qualified Tax Attorney

On May 24, 2024, John Castro, the managing partner of Castro & Company was convicted of 33 counts of assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns. According to a United States Attorney’s Office Press Release, John Castro marketed himself to clients around the world and claimed to be an “international tax expert” and “federal practitioner.” Between 2017 and 2019, John Castro filed more than 1,900 tax returns on behalf of individuals from all over the world.

John Castro allegedly promised his clients a significantly higher refund than they would receive from other preparers. During trial, John Castro admitted that the positions he took on tax returns were extreme, outlandish, and not supported by the law.

In most cases when a tax professional is convicted of assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns, many of the tax professionals’ former clients face audits by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). An audit can subject the victim-client to assessments of significant additional income tax, penalties, and interest which can cause significant financial hardship.

If you received an opinion letter from Castro & Company and/or if Castro & Company prepared tax returns on your behalf, you should immediately consult with a qualified tax attorney. We have assisted former clients of Castro & Company.

Anthony Diosdi is one of several tax attorneys and international tax attorneys at Diosdi & Liu, LLP. Anthony focuses his practice on providing tax planning domestic and international tax planning for multinational companies, closely held businesses, and individuals. In addition to providing tax planning advice, Anthony Diosdi frequently represents taxpayers nationally in controversies before the Internal Revenue Service, United States Tax Court, United States Court of Federal Claims, Federal District Courts, and the Circuit Courts of Appeal. In addition, Anthony Diosdi has written numerous articles on international tax planning and frequently provides continuing educational programs to tax professionals. Anthony Diosdi is a member of the California and Florida bars. He can be reached at 415-318-3990 or adiosdi@sftaxcounsel.com.