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Sumter County man arrested for tax evasion

Timothy Wright, 33, of Sumter County faces seven charges of tax evasion.
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SUMTER COUNTY, S.C. — On Monday, agents from the S.C. Department of Revenue (DOR) arrested a Sumter County man on seven counts of tax evasion.

Timothy Wright, 33, failed to file state income tax returns for six years, according to the arrest warrant. He also filed a false withholding statement with his employer, saying he was exempt from state tax. 

Wright earned $613,263 during those years he didn't file taxes. In 2019, he failed to report $17,912 in retirement distribution, officials say. 

In total, Wright's tax liability is $27,047, according to DOR.

RELATED: 17 arrested in South Carolina on charges of evading state income taxes

If convicted, Wright could face up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine plus the cost of prosecution for each count.

Wright is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. His next court date is scheduled for October 30th.

As of now, no bond has been set.

📰 News release: Sumter County man arrested for tax evasion on more than $600,000 of income Read it here ➡️ dor.sc.gov/communications/sumter-county-man-arrested-for-tax-evasion-on-more-than-$600-000-of-income

Posted by South Carolina Department of Revenue on Monday, October 5, 2020

RELATED: Payroll tax deferral takes effect Tuesday: What it means for your check

If you have questions about your taxes, you can contact the DOR at 1-844-898-8542, option 1.

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