Queens business owner admits to stealing sales tax collected from customers Tax Department investigation uncovers nearly $251,000 in unreported sales tax
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The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced guilty pleas to criminal tax fraud and grand larceny charges by a business owner and his two Queens businesses.
Between March 1, 2009, and February 28, 2018, Pyong Chon Yim, 56, and his businesses, Advance Auto Sport Corp. and Advance Motor Sport Inc., located at 35-50 College Point Boulevard, College Point, NY, failed to remit nearly $251,000 in sales tax collected from customers.
“Profiting off the backs of honest neighbors is not only bad business, it’s criminal,” said New York State Executive Deputy Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Andrew Morris. “This illegal activity robs local communities of critical funding for public programs and services New Yorkers rely on. We’ll continue to work with all levels of law enforcement, including the Queens District Attorney’s Office, to ensure those committing tax fraud are held accountable.”
Acting Queens District Attorney John M. Ryan said, “The defendant collected tax dollars and then pocketed the cash. This is wholly unacceptable and not only cheats the local government, but also every other honest taxpayer. The defendant has admitted his guilt and will make full restitution. I want to commend the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for their work in this case. We will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to prosecute those who knowingly commit tax fraud.”
You can report tax evasion and fraud online at the Tax Department's website or by phone at 518-457-0578. The information is kept confidential. The Tax Department promptly reviews each complaint and takes corrective action when appropriate.