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Date: 04-26-2022

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United States of America v. James Canfield

Case Number: 3:21-cr-00026-jdp


Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Dane County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

Defendant's Attorney: Kathleen Quinn

Description: Madison, Wisconsin criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with aiding in the preparation of false tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

James Canfield, age 27, of Plover, Wisconsin owned and operated Advanced Accounting Concepts, Inc., a business located in Plover. As part of his business, Canfield prepared tax returns for third parties in exchange for a fee. Between 2013 and 2018, on behalf of clients, Canfield prepared and electronically submitted tax returns to the IRS with exaggerated business expenses and unjustified deductions for the business use of clients’ homes. This false information fraudulently reduced the amount of taxes his clients owed. Despite being told by clients that they primarily used their homes as their personal residence, Canfield attributed 100% of their home for business, then took home expenses as deductible business expenses.

Canfield previously has been fined on two separate occasions by the IRS for preparing returns with unjustified business expenses and claiming personal living expenses as business deductions. As a consequence of the plea, Canfield will also be permanently prohibited from preparing and filing federal tax returns for other persons.

The charge against Canfield is the result of an investigation conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert A. Anderson and Meredith Duchemin are handling the prosecution.


Outcome: 04/22/2022 47 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge James D. Peterson:Plea Hearing - Initial Appearance held on 4/22/2022. Defendant James Canfield (1) entered plea of guilty to Count 1. [:21] Presentence Report due 7/15/2022. Objections to PSR due 7/29/2022. Sentencing set for 9/14/2022 at 01:00 PM. (Court Reporter PH.) (aom) (Entered: 04/22/2022)

Defendant pleaded guilty. He faces a maximum penalty of 3 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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