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Department of Taxation and Finance

Onondaga County Tire Store Owner Accused of Grand Larceny NYS Tax Department alleges he failed to pay more than $57,000 in sales tax

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The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced the arrest of a tire store owner in Liverpool, NY for allegedly failing to pay New York State $57,356 in sales tax.

Joseph Pastella, 65, of 3987 Pawnee Drive, Liverpool, was charged with multiple felonies— Grand Larceny in the 2nd Degree, 14 counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the 3rd Degree, and four counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the 4th Degree.

The defendant pleaded not guilty in the Village of Liverpool Court and was released on his own recognizance. Pasatella is scheduled to again appear in court on August 28.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Tax Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, which revealed that Pastella underreported sales made at his business, Liverpool Tire, Inc, at 312 Oswego Street, between March 2013 and August 2017, and that he failed to remit to New York State at least $57,356 in sales tax as required by law.

If convicted, Pastella could face up to 15 years in prison.

“Sales tax fraud deprives the state and the communities where these businesses operate of revenue needed for vital services, forcing honest taxpayers to shoulder the burden,” said Acting Tax Commissioner Nonie Manion.
A criminal complaint is only an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Onondaga County District Attorney is prosecuting the case.

Sales Tax Resources

Registered sales tax vendors must file a sales tax return by its due date, even if they have no tax due for the filing period. Vendors can access the Sales Tax Web File webpage for resources to help prepare and file an accurate sales tax return on time to avoid penalties. Resources include filing instructions, guidance, videos, and demos.

Assistance for sales tax vendors is also available in six languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Korean, and Haitian Creole at Welcome new vendors.

Report Fraud

New Yorkers aware of sales tax evasion or fraud can anonymously report it online or by phone at 518-457-0578. The Tax Department promptly reviews each complaint and takes corrective action when appropriate.

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