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Lebanon woman pleads guilty to tax evasion charge

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:39 PM

A Lebanon woman and president of City Limits Café in Lebanon pleaded guilty Monday to sales tax evasion in Wilson County circuit court.  

Judge David Durham accepted Norman Rosie Cannon’s guilty plea per an order of deferment to one count of sales tax evasion. That means final judgment will be held open for two years pending Cannon’s successful completion of Durham’s orders. Cannon, 72, was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the state. She was placed on two years of supervised probation. 

“The Department of Revenue is committed to applying Tennessee’s tax laws and policies uniformly to all taxpayers to ensure a level playing field,” Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts said. “The department cannot and will not allow people engaged in fraudulent tax activities to have a competitive advantage over honest business people.”

Roberts expressed his appreciation for the help of District Attorney General Tommy Thompson’s office in prosecuting Cannon’s case.

The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2013 fiscal year, it collected $11.7 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.2 billion in taxes and fees for local governments.  

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