Columbia woman charged with tax evasion from returns filed in Clarendon

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South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) agents arrested a Columbia woman today and charged her with two counts of tax evasion.

Victoria C. Nelson, 33, of Columbia, is accused of filing fraudulent South Carolina Individual Income Tax returns while in Clarendon County in 2021 and 2022. According to arrest warrants, Nelson claimed unqualified dependents to receive exemptions to which she was not entitled. She also willfully failed to report more than $23,000 in income from a children's facility. As a result, Nelson evaded approximately $2,255 in South Carolina Income Tax.

If convicted, Nelson faces a maximum sentence of five years and/or a fine of $10,000, plus the cost of prosecution for each count. She is being held in the Clarendon County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

The SCDOR is committed to the fair administration of tax laws. By taking enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers, the Department seeks to prevent unfairly increasing the tax burden on those who do comply. 

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