A Putnam County business owner has been charged with tax evasion after an investigation by the Tennessee Department of Revenue. That investigation that led to the indictment of 53-year-old Deborah Daniels for sales tax evasion. Authorities say Daniels, owner of the Dipsy Doodle Drive-In, turned herself in to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department this week. Bond was set at $1,000. On Feb. 8, 2011, the Putnam County Grand Jury returned a 12 count indictment for Evasion of Sales Tax in violation of Tennessee law. It's a Class E felony. The indictments charged that Daniels intentionally failed to report sales tax that she had collected from customers totaling $10,373.14 to the state from June 2007 through May 2008.
“When sales tax is collected from the public and not remitted, it is a breach of the public trust and a crime,” said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. “The Department of Revenue aggressively pursues criminal sanctions and demands accountability for such actions.”
If convicted, Daniels could be sentenced up to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined $3,000 for each count. Prosecution of this criminal case was pursued by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Randy York’s office. Commissioner Roberts expressed his appreciation for the excellent cooperation the department has enjoyed with General York. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee’s revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).
The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws established by the legislature and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department of Revenue collects approximately 91 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the department collected $10.1 billion in state taxes and fees. In addition to collecting state taxes, the Department of Revenue collects taxes for local, county and municipal governments. During the 2009-2010 fiscal year, local government collections by the Department of Revenue exceeded $1.9 billion. In collecting taxes, the department enforces the revenue laws fairly and impartially in an effort to encourage voluntary taxpayer compliance. The department also apportions revenue collections for distribution to the various state funds and local units of government. To learn more about the department, log on to www.TN.gov/revenue.