A Pequot Lakes man faces charges for multiple tax crimes, the Minnesota Department of Revenue announced Monday, Oct. 4, in a news release.

The Crow Wing County Attorney’s Office recently charged Timothy William Nunn of Pequot Lakes with three felony counts of failing to file income tax returns and three felony counts of failing to pay income tax.

According to the complaint, Nunn failed to file his state income tax returns and failed to pay income tax for tax years 2018-20. Nunn earned enough income during those years doing tiling and other work to be required to file income tax returns and pay income tax in Minnesota, the release stated. Nunn allegedly told investigators he knew he had not filed his income tax returns for those years and could not explain why he didn’t file them. According to the complaint, Nunn owes over $72,700.

Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.

Although most taxpayers comply with tax laws voluntarily, the department takes enforcement action against non-compliant taxpayers to ensure tax laws are administered fairly, the release stated.

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Many of the department’s criminal case referrals come from public tips. There is a 24-hour tip line for anyone who suspects a person or business is violating Minnesota tax laws. Local callers may dial 651-297-5195 or call toll-free by dialing 1-800-657-3500. Tips may also be submitted to the department by email at tax.fraud@state.mn.us. Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous.