Provo businessman charged with tax evasion

Provo businessman charged with tax evasion

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A Provo man has been charged with tax evasion and allegedly owes Utah $700,000 in taxes, penalties and interest.

Robert E. Harris was charged this week in 3rd District Court with six third-degree felony counts of tax evasion.

The Utah State Tax Commission says Harris, who operates the Harris Hearing Aid Center, made $5 million between 2003 and 2007. The commission says a criminal investigation found he has refused to file income tax returns and pay income taxes at least since 1996.

Harris told the Daily Herald in Provo that his accountant has been in contact with the state to try to work things out. But he said the tax commission is not in tune with reality and questioned the $700,000 figure.

Tax commission spokesman Charlie Roberts says Harris had several opportunities to rectify the situation before it got to this point.


Information from: The Daily Herald

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