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State closes 2 businesses for unpaid taxes

March 25, 2015

An Indianapolis architecture firm and a Greenfield restaurant were ordered closed Tuesday because the businesses owe the state almost $900,000 combined in taxes. Indiana courts issued temporary restraining orders preventing both from transacting business.

Court orders closed Wilson-Partenheimer Inc., 2818 E. 55th Place, Indianapolis; and Riley Plaza Restaurant, 1020 W. Main St., Greenfield; according to a news release from the office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

The Indiana Department of Revenue claims Wilson-Partenheimer and owners J. Thomas Wilson and Jeff C. Colton, both of Zionsville, owe $538,194.56 in unpaid retail sales tax and withholding tax from December 2012 to August 2014.

Riley Plaza Restaurant, also known as Riley House, and owner Kimberly Lawrence owe unpaid taxes of $353,819.66 from December 2006 to January 2014. That amount includes more than $277,000 in unpaid sales tax, nearly $34,000 in unpaid withholdings tax from employee payroll, more than $40,000 in unpaid food and beverage tax, and the rest in unpaid corporate tax, according to 138 tax warrants the Department issued.

The companies may not transact business or transfer property until the tax liabilities are satisfied, according to the court orders.

The restaurant will remain closed until after a March 30 permanent injunction hearing before Hancock Superior Judge Terry Snow. The architectural company will be closed until after an April 1 permanent injunction hearing before Marion Superior Judge Heather Welch.

“Our state supports commerce and small business, but when a company fails to pay the tax it owes, that undercuts the market and is unfair to law-abiding businesspeople who pay their taxes on time,” Zoeller said. “With hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid tax and no cooperation from the owners, the Indiana Department of Revenue asked that my office take these two delinquent companies to court.”
 

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