Myrtle Beach man charged with tax evasion claimed he was exempt from taxes

Grand Strand Crime

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Agents with the South Carolina Department of Revenue arrested a Myrtle Beach man and charged him with three counts of tax evasion.

Raymond Hayes, 49, filed a W-4 with his employer claiming to be exempt from taxes, according to arrest warrants. He then failed to file Individual Income Tax returns for 2017-2019, the warrants allege.

For the three years combined he allegedly had a gross income of $437,155 and evaded $25,147 in state income taxes.

On Wednesday, Hayes called the News13 newsroom and denied the allegations presented in a South Carolina Department of Revenue release. He said he never claimed to be tax-exempt.

Hayes said the amount of evaded taxes wouldn’t have been $25,147 as the SC DOR reported, but “$7,000 maximum,” though he told News13 that any potential wrongdoing on his part was unintentional. He says he may have missed a letter and may not have immediately received other communications from authorities on this matter. And he says he was cooperative with authorities and turned himself in when he learned of the allegations.

If convicted, Hayes faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 per count.

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