Engineering consultant faces state tax charges

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A Superior Court in New Castle County returned a three-count indictment against a Wilmington engineering consultant.

Lowell E. Hutchinson, 60, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file a Delaware personal income tax return and report more than $300,000 attributable to his consulting business for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. Hutchinson did not file a state tax return or pay taxes to the State of Delaware in any of these years.

Hutchinson owned and operated an engineering consulting firm which conducted business under the name “Design & Inspection Services.” As a self-employed business owner, Hutchinson earned gross income that required the filing of a tax return. Hutchinson also received notices from the Division of Revenue and received a Form 1099 each year reminding him of his obligations.

The charges against Hutchinson stem from an investigation conducted by the Delaware Division of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Unit and referred to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office for indictment and prosecution.

The three misdemeanor tax offenses are each punishable by up to a maximum one year in prison and up to $2,300 in fines.

Hutchinson is awaiting  arraignment and trial date in Superior Court in Wilmington.

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