KOKOMO, Ind. - A tire repair shop was shut down Thursday and cannot reopen until the owner pays more than half a million dollars in unpaid taxes.
The Indiana Department of Revenue shut down Dave Evans Tire Inc. in Kokomo.
The state accuses the owner of collecting taxes but not sending the money to the state.
The store will be unable to resume operations until the tax bill of more than $550,000 is paid.
“When consumers make purchases and are charged sales tax it is required that the tax money be remitted to the state. When employees have their taxes withheld on their paychecks it is also required that this be remitted to the state. This defendant not only failed to remit taxes he collected, but shortchanged the state and other taxpayers by more than a half a million dollars. We support small business and private enterprise, but when an individual reduces his overhead through tax evasion, it undercuts other law-abiding competitors who play by the rules, and cannot be considered legitimate commerce," Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said.
The tire shop has a hearing set for Feb. 25 in Howard County.
Customers who have vehicles in the shop are asked to call 1-800-382-5516. Anyone who wishes to file a consumer complaint against the business can call that number or go to www.IndianaConsumer.com .