A local automobile dealer has been charged with eight counts of attempting to evade or defeat the payment of sales tax by the Utah State Tax Commission.

The charges have been filed in 2nd Circuit Court, Morgan, and a preliminary hearing is set for March 8.Hal B. Heiner was charged following an investigation by the collections division of the State Tax Commission.

According to the complaint, from January 1986 through December 1987, Heiner attempted to evade the state's sales tax requirements.