Phoenix–Edward Topping and Marites Topping agreed to probation, and to jointly pay nearly $202,500 in unpaid transaction privilege tax (TPT) and fines of $7,500 to the Arizona Department of Revenue, as well as individual unpaid income tax and fines.
From July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020, Edward and Marites and their business, HelpSellRV, LLC, a recreational vehicle dealership located in Apache Junction, failed to pay TPT. Further, investigators also found that between tax years 2016 through 2019, Edward failed to file Arizona income tax returns and pay Arizona individual income tax amounting to $6,802. Marites failed to file and pay Arizona individual income tax from years 2016 through 2018 amounting to $7,571.
On January 28th, 2022, Edward Topping plead guilty to two counts of Failure to File a Tax Return and one count of Failure to Pay Tax.
On February 9th, 2022, Marites Topping plead guilty to one of Failure to file a tax and in her capacity as member of HelpSellRV, LLC, plead guilty to one count of Preparing a False Return.
Separately, Edward and Marites agreed to pay their tax debts as well as a $2,500 fine each. Additionally, they consented to cooperate in any civil audit conducted by the Arizona Department of Revenue.
This criminal investigation was a joint effort of the Criminal Investigations Units at the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) and the Special Investigations Section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.