SC restaurant owner charged for evading $213K in sales tax, underreported millions

Customers and employees caught off guard by Jackson's closing
(Source: Emily Scarlet/WIS)
(Source: Emily Scarlet/WIS)
(Source: Emily Scarlet/WIS)
(Source: Emily Scarlet/WIS)

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - A Lexington County restaurant owner has been arrested and charged for allegedly evading a $213,000 tax bill.

Jeremy Chavis, the owner of Jackson's Southern Kitchen located on Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia, was arrested on Friday and charged with four counts of tax evasion, according to the South Carolina Department of Revenue.

The SCDOR says from May 1, 2014, to Dec. 21, 2017, Chavis, 32, underreported the business' gross sales on monthly sales tax returns filed with the agency.

"By failing to report at least $2.7 million in sales, the defendant evaded paying $213,000 in sales tax due to the State of South Carolina," the agency said in a media release.

Chavis bonded out from Lexington County Detention Center. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine that could total $10,000 per charge.

"The SCDOR is committed to the fair administration of tax laws," the agency said. "By taking enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers, the Department seeks to prevent unfairly increasing the tax burden on those who do comply."

Signs in the restaurant's door says the business closed "due to unforeseen circumstances" and will "reopen ASAP."

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