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Abbeville Man Sentenced to Jail in Sales Tax Case

June 07, 2001

BATON ROUGE - Nathan Hawthorne, owner of Hawthorne Upholstery at 115 Railroad Avenue in Abbeville, La., was found in Contempt of Court on May 29 and sentenced to 10 days in jail. The sentence came after Hawthorne ignored court orders to cease operation of his business for failure to remit state sales taxes.

Judge John Trahan of the 15th Judicial District Court, Parish of Vermilion, ordered Hawthorne jailed after he failed to follow a February 12, 2001 court order to cease operation of his business within 10 days. The Louisiana Department of Revenue had originally filed a cease and desist order against Hawthorne on July 6, 2000 for failure to remit sales taxes. At a hearing held on September 11, 2000, the court ordered Hawthorne to cease operation of his business. When he failed to do so, the Department of Revenue filed a Motion for Contempt with the court. Hawthorne was found in Constructive Contempt at the February 12 hearing. The court again ordered Hawthorne to cease operation of his business within 10 days or serve 10 days in jail. Hawthorne again failed to do so and was sentenced to 10 days in jail at the May 29 hearing.

Businesses are required to file a state sales tax return and remit the collected sales tax on a monthly or quarterly basis. Taxpayers have the option to mail their return to the Department or file it from the Department’s website on the Internet. The payment of sales taxes for the period must accompany the return or be sent to the Department through electronic funds transfer.