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New York Man Arrested for Not Paying Sales Tax


The District Attorney's Office of Nassau County, New York, has issued a news release regarding the arrest of a Massapequa Man charged with stealing more than $200,000 in sales tax revenue.

Philip Shaw, the principal owner of a used car dealership in Elmont, NY, is accused of stealing "$203,778 in tax revenue by neglecting to file any withholding tax, corporation tax, federal income tax, or sales tax returns since 2006." New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (NYSDTF) initiated the investigation that led to the arrest.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice is quoted as saying, "When an unscrupulous business owner steals tax revenue, we are all victimized. … For Mr. Shaw to pocket this money while other businesses pay their fair share is outrageous."

New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox addressed the theft from a more personal point of view, reminding that customers "pay sales tax with the trust that the business will remit the tax for state and local government purposes."

The District Attorney's case is being prosecuted by April Montgomery of the Economic Crimes Bureau. Mr. Shaw is represented by Beth Green, Esq.

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Gail Cole
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Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.