August 2012 marked the second anniversary of the Illinois Attorney General’s crackdown on gas station owner’s unpaid sales tax. Since the crackdown began 24 months ago, more than 30 indictments have been handed down against gas station owners and the month did not come to an end before the Attorney General added another indictment notch. The indictment included charges of mail fraud and sales tax fraud which are both felonies.
While making the announcement, the Illinois Attorney General signaled this is not the end of the enforcement crackdown. Rather, Attorney General Lisa Madigan promised future aggressive prosecutions. In fact, law enforcement has a new tool to deal with underreporting and underpaying any Illinois Sales Tax in the form of a new crime entitled “Sales Tax Evasion”.
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