"Tennessee's tax structure depends on taxpayers voluntarily complying with the laws," said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. "Taxpayers who collect but intentionally do not remit sales tax, breach the public's trust and violate the criminal laws of the State. This case underscores our commitment to rigorous and fair administration of Tennessee's tax laws."
If convicted, Sandhu could be sentenced to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000 for each count of attempted tax evasion and a maximum of six years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $10,000 for theft of property.
This case was pursued criminally by the department in cooperation with District Attorney General Tom P. Thompson'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).
To learn more about the state Department of Revenue, log on to www.TN.gov/revenue.