Union County Resident Admits to Tax Evasion

Phillip Jeremy Carter pleads guilty to tax evasion involving boat registrations.

MAYNARDSVILLE, Tenn. — The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted an investigation that led to Phillip Jeremy Carter’s guilty plea in Union County on Monday.

Judge Zachary Walden accepted Carter’s guilty plea to two Class E felony counts of tax evasion. The charges were related to underreporting the purchase price of two boats registered at the Union County Clerk’s Office in 2019. As part of the sentence, Carter will serve one year of unsupervised probation and has been ordered to pay restitution to the State of Tennessee.

“The Department of Revenue promotes voluntary taxpayer compliance by educating taxpayers, aggressively pursuing criminal sanctions, and demanding accountability when taxpayers engage in fraudulent activity,” said Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano. “This plea underscores the department’s ongoing efforts to enforce Tennessee’s tax laws.”

The department pursued this criminal case in cooperation with District Attorney Jared Effler’s office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee’s revenue laws are encouraged to call the toll-free tax fraud hotline at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389).

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws, motor vehicle title and registration laws, and the collection of associated taxes and fees. The department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2023 fiscal year, it collected nearly $22 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $4.7 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the department, visit www.tn.gov/revenue.

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