New York to Take Aggressive Action Against Tax Cheats
- Sales Tax News
- Sep 5, 2014 | Gail Cole
The bigger the tax cheat, the harder the fall.
Aamir Sulaiman of Delta Distribution Services Corp. has been charged with felony Criminal Tax Fraud, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, and Falsifying Business Records. If convicted of those charges, he could spend the next 25 years in prison.
We’re not talking about pennies. An investigation by New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox revealed that Mr. Sulaiman “allegedly failed to pay at least $6.1 million in state tobacco taxes.” Seized records indicate that Delta Distribution Services Corp. owed more than $6.9 million and paid only $100,188 in tobacco taxes.
Tax evasion is taken seriously in New York, as in all states. “On behalf of responsible businesses, taxpayers, and local governments, we must tax aggressive action against tax cheats – especially those who have stolen millions of dollars from the people of New York State” said the AG. He noted that in addition to undermining “law-abiding mom-and-pop shops and other businesses in New York by putting them at a competitive disadvantage,” Mr. Sulaiman damaged “public health efforts to discourage smoking.”
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