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Federal Court Finds City of Miami Lieutenant Firefighter in Contempt

On April 18, 2023, a federal court in the Southern District of Florida found Norman G. Williams Jr., a Lieutenant firefighter with the City of Miami, in contempt of court for continuing to prepare tax returns in violation of a preliminary injunction and a permanent injunction.

The court ordered that he disgorge to the United States more than $40,000 in return preparer fees that he earned for tax returns prepared in violation of the injunctions.

In 2022, the court permanently enjoined Mr. Williams from preparing tax returns for others and ordered him to disgorge over $26,000 in ill-gotten gains. Despite the court’s orders prohibiting Mr. Williams from preparing or assisting in the preparation of tax returns for others, the court found that Mr. Williams continued his return preparation activities and endeavored to conceal them by preparing returns under his fiancée’s name and preparer tax identification number.

The court found that Mr. Williams willfully violated the injunctions by preparing another 173 tax returns, including 36 returns for other firefighters.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General David A. Hubbert of the Justice Department’s Tax Division made the announcement.

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