• Bredesen Names Five New Commissioners

    Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | 6:00pm

    Governor Phil Bredesen today named five Tennesseans as the next commissioners of the state departments of Commerce and Insurance, Financial Institutions, Health, Revenue and Safety. Today’s appointees will take their oath of office during Bredesen’s second inauguration on January 20.

    “I asked these Tennesseans to serve because I believe in their talent, professionalism and commitment to our state,” Bredesen said. “Their leadership will help us continue to serve all Tennesseans as we continue strengthening education, job creation and health care in Tennessee.”

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  • Former Memphis Business Owner Arrested On Sales Tax Evasion Charges

    Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today John C. Littles, former owner of Potpourri Furniture Liquidators located at 3933 Park Ave. in Memphis, was arrested by deputies of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on charges of state sales tax evasion and theft of property. The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and subsequent arrest of Littles, age 36.

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  • Addition To Holiday Shopping List: File Consumer Use Tax Online and Pay Via Credit Card

    Sunday, December 17, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the nick of time for holiday shopping, the Tennessee Department of Revenue now accepts credit cards for payment of consumer use tax. Consumers can take advantage of filing electronically and paying by credit card on Revenue’s Web site, www.Tennessee.gov/revenue. The department accepts the following credit cards: MasterCard, American Express and Discover Card. There is an associated 2.49 percent processing fee.

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  • Bristol Businessman Pleads Guilty To Evasion of Sales Tax

    Sunday, December 17, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - William Gregory Richards, former owner of Redline Performance Center, pled guilty today to one count of felony sales tax fraud, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(g). Special agents of the Tennessee Department of Revenue, in cooperation with the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office, conducted the investigation leading to today’s plea. In pleading guilty, Richards, age 44, admitted that as owner of Redline Performance Center, he was responsible for the collection and non-remittance of Tennessee sales tax in the amount of $46,173.67 for the period May 2000 through December 2002.

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  • Tennessee Department of Revenue To Hold Bimonthly New Business Workshops in January

    Sunday, December 10, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - These free workshops are designed to assist those encountering business-related taxes for the first time. Tax specialists from various local and state agencies will provide the basic information needed to comply with registration and tax requirements. During the session, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to these tax specialists, ask questions, and receive materials explaining tax responsibilities and providing contact information. Areas of discussion will include business tax, sales and use tax, unemployment tax and tax enforcement procedures.

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  • Memphis Businessman Sentenced On State Sales Tax Evasion Charges

    Thursday, December 07, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation that led to today’s sentencing of Brian Orr, age 40, for evasion of sales tax and theft over $10,000. Orr, former owner of Casino Liquor, 2271 South Third St. in Memphis, pled guilty to one Class E Felony count of sales tax fraud, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(d), and one Class C Felony count for theft over $10,000, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-14-103.

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  • Memphis Business Owner Sentenced For Violations of Tennessee’s Revenue Laws

    Thursday, December 07, 2006 | 6:00pm

    WILLIAM MCGARRITY PLEADS GUILTY TO SALES TAX EVASION AND THEFT CHARGES

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - William McGarrity, 6915 Goodman Rd., Walls, Miss., pled guilty to one Class E Felony count of sales tax evasion, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(d), and one Class C Felony count of theft of property over $10,000, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-14-103. The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the Dec. 1, 2006, conviction of McGarrity, age 66. McGarrity is the former owner of two bars — Red Wagon and Cheyanne Country, located at 5275 South Third St. and 1976 East Shelby Dr. in Memphis, Tenn. The investigation for Cheyanne Country covered a 46-month period from Dec. 1, 1999, through Sept. 30, 2003. The investigation for Red Wagon covered a 63-month period from April 1, 1998, through Sept. 30, 2003, with the exception of August 2001.

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  • Nashville Business Owner Arrested On Sales Tax Evasion Charges

    Thursday, December 07, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today Tennessee Department of Revenue special agents arrested Gunvantrai H. Patel, 56, on charges of state sales tax evasion in Knoxville, Tenn., where he resides, and transported him to Nashville. Revenue’s Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and today’s subsequent arrest of Patel, former president of Shree Gurudev, Incorporated, doing business as Family Inns of America, located at 3430 Percy Priest Drive in Nashville.

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  • Chattanooga Businessman Pleads Guilty To Sales Tax Fraud

    Thursday, November 16, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Nov. 16, Tommy James Hudgins, owner of Affordable Tires, located at 5008 Highway 58 in Chattanooga, pled guilty to four counts of theft of property. The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation leading to yesterday’s guilty plea.

    “When sales tax is collected from the public and not remitted, it is a breach of the public trust,” said Commissioner Loren L. Chumley. “The Department of Revenue aggressively pursues criminal sanctions and demands accountability for such actions.”

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  • Kirk A Fonte Sr Surrenders To Revenue Agents On Sales Tax Evasion Charges

    Wednesday, November 08, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to Kirk Andrew Fonte Sr. surrendering himself to agents this morning at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office on charges of evading sales tax.

    “The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity,” said Revenue Commissioner Loren L. Chumley. “This arrest underscores our department’s ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee’s tax laws.”

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  • Cleveland Businessman Pleads Guilty To Sales Tax Fraud

    Thursday, October 12, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today Jason Wade Lane, owner of Mattress Direct, located at 4633 North Lee Highway in Cleveland, pled guilty to 11 counts of sales tax fraud, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(g). The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea by Lane, age 26.

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  • Former Memphis Business Owner Convicted On Sales Tax Evasion Charges

    Thursday, October 12, 2006 | 7:00pm

    ANTHONY RAY VAUGHN PLEADS GUILTY TO SALES TAX EVASION CHARGES

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Anthony Ray Vaughn, former owner of Hickory Hill Wine & Spirits located at 6326 Winchester Rd. in Memphis, Tenn., pled guilty to one Class E Felony count of sales tax evasion, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(d), and one Class C Felony count of theft of property over $10,000, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-14-103. The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation covering the 54-month period from Aug. 1, 1999, through Jan. 1, 2004, that led to yesterday’s conviction of Vaughn, age 49.

    “This conviction underscores that sales tax is a ‘trust tax’ to which retailers have no legal entitlement,” said Commissioner Loren L. Chumley. “Consumers pay the tax with the belief the money will be used by the state and local governments for the common good.”

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  • Cleveland Businessman Pleads Guilty

    Sunday, October 08, 2006 | 7:00pm



    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today Andrew Whitney Thompson Sr., president of Cleveland Tire Center, Inc., located at 4699 North Lee Highway in Cleveland, pled guilty to 36 counts of sales tax fraud, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(g). The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

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  • Maryville Businessman Pleads No Contest To Sales Tax Fraud

    Wednesday, October 04, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today Edward Dwayne Cunningham, owner of Beds To Go, pled no contest to three counts of sales tax fraud, a violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(g). The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s Special Investigations Section conducted the investigation leading to today’s plea.

    “Tennessee’s tax structure depends on taxpayers voluntarily complying with the laws,” said Commissioner Loren L. Chumley. “Taxpayers who collect but intentionally do not remit sales tax breach the public trust. This case underscores our commitment to collecting all taxes due the state of Tennessee.”

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