After evading nearly $13,000 in taxes, Robert Hawkins, president of The Vacation Company, Inc. in Beaufort County, was arrested today by South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) investigators. The Hilton Head Island business president is charged with three counts of tax evasion.
For tax years 2013 through 2015, SCDOR investigators found that Hawkins, who is also a 55% shareholder in the company, knowingly and willfully comingled corporate and personal expenses in excess of $283,000. The defendant tried to disguise the personal expenses as ordinary and necessary business expenses. In doing so, Hawkins evaded paying nearly $13,000 in South Carolina Individual Income Tax.
Hawkins is currently being held at the Beaufort 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.