Armed Police Raid Tennessee Diner Looking for $180,000 in Back Taxes… For Two Months Worth of Sales
Samantha E. Williams and Gannett Tennessee
May 25th, 2012
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‚ÄúThese men came in with badges around their necks and kicked my customers out. It was like a police raid,‚ÄĚ Perkins said of the proceedings Wednesday morning.
Lunch diners were disappointed to be greeted by a closed sign and several postings stating City Cafe was closed because of ‚Äúnonpayment of Tennessee State taxes by virtue of a levy issued by the Department of Revenue, Tax Enforcement Division ‚Ä¶ ‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI had an interesting cup of coffee this morning,‚ÄĚ said Henry Phillips of Henry‚Äôs Florist¬†shop, located at the corner of Church and East Main streets. ‚ÄúJust after 9 this morning, they asked us to leave. They waited until the bulk of people had completed their meals and then ushered us out.‚ÄĚ
Perkins took over the 100-plus-year-old business in 2007. The downtown¬†restaurant, touted as being the ‚Äúoriginal meat-and-three‚ÄĚ place in the city, is at 113 E. Main St.
‚ÄúI had no idea this was coming,‚ÄĚ Perkins said. ‚ÄúThey did not alert me.‚ÄĚ
The Department of Revenue requires businesses to pay sales tax based on the income of sales made. Perkins said the state is asking for $180,000 for two months. Based on the 9.75 percent sales tax in Murfreesboro, that would account for more than $1 million in sales made at the restaurant.
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