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Man owes $700,000 for failing to pay taxes

Man owes $700,000 for failing to pay taxes



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SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Tax Commission has a problem with a Provo man's excuse for not paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes.

Robert Harris, 76, owns a Provo hearing-aid company, Harris Hearing Aids. But Charlie Roberts with the State Tax Commission says Harris has chosen not to hear warnings about not paying taxes.

"Mr. Harris, for whatever reason, has not filed taxes since at least 1996 that we are aware of while operating a very successful business in Provo," Roberts tells KSL Newsradio.

A Utah Tax Commission investigation found that Harris made around $5 million between 2003 and 2007 but hasn't paid taxes on any of it. The commission filed six felony charges against Harris including tax evasion and failure to file a tax return. It says he owes around $700,000 which includes taxes, penalties, and interest.

The Deseret News contacted Harris at his business and he tells them he hasn't paid because he's had a dispute with the IRS. The tax commission says everyone is required to file a tax return.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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