The owner of Tammy's Tax Service in Moncks Corner is accused of filing false tax returns in her clients' names.
Investigators from the state Department of Revenue arrested Tammy Brinson on Wednesday. She is charged with nine counts of willfully assisting in the preparation of false or fraudulent tax returns, according to Samantha Cheek, the Revenue Department's public information director.
For tax years 2007 and 2008, Brinson met with clients and filed income tax returns in their names with fraudulent information, Cheek said. The clients, who received fraudulent refunds, were unaware that Brinson was doing anything wrong, she said.
The Revenue Department would not say how much money was involved in the bogus refunds.
Investigators are still trying to determine the motive for Brinson's actions, Cheek said.
In some cases, unscrupulous tax preparers try to drum up business by falsely promising they can get the filer a larger refund than their competitors, Cheek said. Others try to inflate the refund because their fee is based on the amount of money their clients gets back, she said.
Brinson is being held at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center pending a bail hearing, Cheek said. If convicted, she could face up to 45 years in prison and/or $4,500 in fines, she said.