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Business charged with failing to file, remit sales taxes

Posted: March 6, 2014 - 1:00am

City prosecutors have charged a downtown novelty shop owner for failing to file and remit city sales taxes in a timely manner.

Prosecutors said the owner of Mystik Treasures on Franklin Street, 37-year-old Sarah Graves, failed to file and remit city sales tax returns for seven consecutive quarters ending in August 2013.

Graves is facing 14 misdemeanor criminal charges, half for failing to file and the other half for failing to remit, for each missed quarter. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau District Court in April.

When reached by phone Wednesday, Graves declined to comment except to say that the case has been “remedied.” She did not elaborate, and her attorney, Julie Willoughby, could not be reached for comment in the afternoon.

According to an affidavit, Graves owed $26,700 in sales taxes, accrued penalties, interest and penalties as of October 2013. The affidavit states she made two belated payments — one for $15,000 in August 2013 and another for $3,000 in October 2013 — but that the amount is still owed.

The affidavit specifies the business missed sales tax returns for the fourth quarter of 2011, all four quarters of 2012 and the first and second quarters of 2013.

Such a misdemeanor offense can carry up to a year in jail and up to a $10,000 fine for each count.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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