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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â€śThese men came in with badges around their necks and kicked my customers out. It was like a police raid,â€ť 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 â€śnonpayment of Tennessee State taxes by virtue of a levy issued by the Department of Revenue, Tax Enforcement Division â€¦ â€ť
â€śI had an interesting cup of coffee this morning,â€ť said Henry Phillips of Henryâ€™s FloristÂ shop, located at the corner of Church and East Main streets. â€śJust 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.â€ť
Perkins took over the 100-plus-year-old business in 2007. The downtownÂ restaurant, touted as being the â€śoriginal meat-and-threeâ€ť place in the city, is at 113 E. Main St.
â€śI had no idea this was coming,â€ť Perkins said. â€śThey did not alert me.â€ť
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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