Bloomberg Tax
Nov. 14, 2018, 10:37 PM

‘That’s A Lot of Tacos’ Defense Prevails in Tax Theft Case

Paul Shukovsky
Paul Shukovsky
Staff Correspondent

What began in Seattle as potentially the largest sales tax suppression case in U.S. history against a Mexican restaurant owner ended with dismissal after a local tax attorney successfully deployed the “that’s a lot of tacos” defense.

The Washington Attorney General’s office in March accused Salvador Sahagun, owner of six Tacos Guaymas restaurants in metropolitan Seattle, of pocketing $5.6 million in sales tax using special “zapper” software that surreptitiously deletes or under-reports cash transactions run on point-of-sale computers or cash registers. A news release at the time called it potentially the largest such case in U.S. history.

Sahagun faced six ...

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