Former Greene County Businesswoman Pleads Guilty to Sales Tax Evasion

Thursday, September 17, 2009 | 10:05 am

GREENEVILLE, Tenn.– The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to yesterday’s guilty plea by Porshia Pauline Cutshaw, age 57, former owner of The Tobacco Barn.

Cutshaw pleaded guilty to six Class E felony counts of Sales Tax Evasion in violation of Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-1-1440(g). As part of the plea agreement, Cutshaw is required to pay $16,249.43 in restitution to the State of Tennessee for sales tax she collected but intentionally did not remit from Jan. through June 2006.
 
“The Department of Revenue is committed to applying Tennessee’s tax laws and policies uniformly to all taxpayers to ensure a level playing field,” said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. “The department cannot and will not allow people engaged in fraudulent tax activities to have a competitive advantage over honest businesspeople.”
 
This case was pursued criminally by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Berkeley Bell’s office. 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 92 percent of total state tax revenue. During the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the department collected $10.2 billion in state taxes and fees. In addition to collecting state taxes, $1.9 billion of local sales tax was collected by the department for local governments during the 2008-2009 fiscal year. Besides 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.
 
Related news: April 1, 2009 - Former Greene County Businesswoman Arrested on Tax Fraud Charges (http://news.tennesseeanytime.org/node/1164)  
 
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