WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice
recently announced the decision to sue an Oregon woman over an
alleged tax fraud scheme.
The department alleges Priscilla E. Schrock of Oregon City, Oregon, promotes the
formation and use of “religious non-profit corporations” (RNPCs), and Schrock tells
her customers these RNPCs are exempt from tax laws.
The suit says she also tells consumers
that transferring assets to an RNPC protects the assets from actions made by
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Schrock allegedly promotes the scheme
through South Beach Missions, an entity she created in Oregon City.
The department seeks a ban disallowing Schrock from
promoting and selling the scheme and would like the court to order Schrock to
provide a list of customers’ names, addresses, telephone
numbers and email addresses.
Abusive tax schemes and return preparer fraud are a major
issue according to the Department of Justice and the IRS. These fraud schemes
made the IRS’s "Dirty Dozen" tax scams for 2016.