The owner of Anderson business Spirits 2, dba Palmetto Spirits and Palmetto Liquors, was arrested today by South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) investigators for two counts of tax evasion. Jonathan Martin, owner, failed to report approximately $1.2 million in business sales to the SCDOR.
For tax years 2013 and 2014, Martin filed state sales tax returns claiming a total of $3,654,478 in sales. However, an SCDOR investigation revealed actual sales to be $4,918,089 for that same time period. As a result, Martin evaded paying $75,817 in sales tax to the state of South Carolina.
Martin is currently being held at the Anderson County Detention Center. If convicted, he faces fines up to $10,000 and/or up to five years in prison per charge.
The SCDOR is committed to the fair administration of tax laws. By taking enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers, the Department seeks to prevent unfairly increasing the tax burden on those who do comply.