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Tax Evasion in Tennessee Will Be Prosecuted

  • Jan 3, 2013 | Gail Cole

 Tennessee Department of Revenue Determined to Stamp Out Tax Evasion.

The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue strives to uncover and stop tax evasion and tax theft wherever it lurks. Two investigations in December 2012 led to indictments.

Davidson County Tax Preparer Arrested
Charles A. Bright, Sr. of Davidson County was indicted on the following charges:

  • 38 Class E felony counts of sales tax evasion;
  • One class B felony count of Theft of Property over $60,000; and
  • One class E felony count of Impersonation of a Licensed Professional.

Mr. Bright is charged with "falsely holding himself out as a CPA" and withholding sales tax collected from his client that should have been remitted to the state. If convicted of the sales tax evasion charges, he could spend up to two years in prison and pay up to $3,000 "for each count of sales tax evasion." He faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted of impersonating a Licensed Professional, and a fine of up to $25,000 for theft of property.

Humboldt Business Owner Surrenders on Tax Evasion Charges
Rosie Davis of Humboldt, Tennessee, "surrendered to authorities" on December 6, 2012. The owner of Mid-Town Grocery faces "twenty (20) counts of tax evasion for the period April 2006 through January 2011." If convicted, she could spend up to 2 years in prison and be fined up to $3,000 "for each count of the indictment."

Criminals Will Be Aggressively Pursued
Tennessee Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts points out, "When sales tax is collected from the public and not remitted, it is a breach of the public trust and a crime. … The Department of Revenue will aggressively pursue criminal sanctions… ."

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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.