WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Washington City man was arrested this week and charged with 10 felonies for alleged tax evasion.
Following an investigation by Utah State Tax Commission special agents, 52-year-old Donn Sterling Williams was charged with five second-degree felony counts of tax evasion and five third-degree felony counts of failing to render a proper tax return.
The charges stem from Williams’ alleged failure to file and pay state income taxes between 2010 and 2015, Utah State Tax Commission spokesman Charlie Roberts said.
“Williams has not filed state income tax returns in successive years despite being notified on numerous occasions by the Tax Commission of this requirement,” Roberts said.
Williams’ tax deficiency is $13,039 with an additional $13,039 due in interest and penalties for a total owing of $26,794, according to an Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Special Agent Greg Knight in Utah’s 3rd District Court.
“Williams admitted to me that he received tax notices in the mail at his residence but that he ‘disagreed with their wording,’” Knight wrote in the Affidavit. “Williams also admitted to me that he has never filed a tax return.”
After being booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility Tuesday, Williams was released on a $25,000 bond.
“All state income taxes collected are used for public and higher education,” Roberts said, adding, “the Tax Commission continues to aggressively investigate those who evade state income taxes.”
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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