Michigan couple faces 68 felony counts for failing to pay taxes for five years

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A Michigan couple pleaded guilty to 68 felony counts on tax-related charges after failing to file sales and personal income tax returns for five years.

Charles and Angela Parks each got six counts for failing to file income tax returns from 2012 to 2017. Additionally, Ms. Parks pleaded guilty to an additional 56 counts of failure to file sales tax returns every month from 2013 to 2018. Each count has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

In 2010, Ms. Parks opened a cafe that she never incorporated the business with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. She also failed to register with the Department of Treasury until 2016.

When the Treasury audited the company in 2017 they discovered the Carp Lake couple collected more than $73,000 in sales tax since mid-2013 but failed to pay any of it to the Department of Treasury.

“We count on Michigan businesses and residents to pay their fair share of taxes,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.

The couple’s sentencing at the Eaton County Circuit Court is delayed to September to address restitution issues.

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