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In Tennessee, Sales Tax Fraud Doesn’t Pay

  • Nov 8, 2011 | Susan McLain

Two recent cases of sales tax fraud have come down to the wire. And conviction doesn't just mean penalties and fines.

In one case, the owner of an auto sales group was arrested with bond set at $50,000. Charges included theft of property (a Class B felony) and fraud (a Class E felony). Conviction will mean up to 12 years of jail time with a hefty fine of $25,000 for the theft of property and up to two years of jail time and a fine for the sales tax fraud.

In another recent case, a market and deli owner pleaded guilty of theft, a Class C felony, and was ordered to pay the amount of sales tax that had gone unreported on her sales tax returns—a total of $58,408.72. Although she was found guilty of a Class E felony and Class C felony, there was no mention of jail time sentenced.

According to the Revenue Commissioner, Richard H. Roberts, “The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity.” Roberts commented that it was his feeling that, “the majority of businesses pay appropriate taxes. [And] we will continue to pursue criminal activity and prosecute tax evaders to assure fairness in our tax structure for Tennesseans.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”