OLYMPIA – Feb. 11, 2015 – The owner of a local auto glass repair shop was in Snohomish County Superior Court yesterday to admit his guilt in filing false business tax returns and stealing thousands of dollars in sales tax.
Andrew V. Onufreychuk pled guilty to first degree theft and agreed to pay $142,000 in taxes owed the state from two of his businesses.
Onufreychuk and his wife jointly own Andrews Auto Glass Inc, which has locations in Everett and Seattle. Revenue discovered the company had more than $128,000 in unpaid sales taxes. Initially his wife was also accused, but charges against Vita A. Onufreychuk were dropped as part of the proceedings. She submitted an affidavit that detailed her lack of participation in the business and lack of knowledge about the tax fraud.
Another businesses Mr. Onufreychuk owned, the Andrews Auto Group Inc., also had history of unpaid tax warrants. The $13,000 owed by that company was folded into the plea agreement. Mr. Onufreychuk was originally charged in December 2013.
The Attorney General’s Office brought the charges on behalf of the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue), which collects retail sales tax on behalf of the state and local governments.
Retail sales tax is the largest source of state revenues, supporting vital services that benefit Washington’s residents and the economy. Businesses that collect retail sales tax do so “in trust” for the state and must remit those taxes to Revenue by the due date of the tax return for the reporting period. Failure to remit the taxes constitutes theft.
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