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Owners of Thane Ore House charged with failing to pay sales taxes

CBJ seeking about $35,600 in restitution

Posted: February 25, 2013 - 7:14pm  |  Updated: February 26, 2013 - 1:09am
The owners of Thane Road Ore House Salmon Bake are accused of failing to file and remit city sales taxes.  Michael Penn/Juneau Empire
Michael Penn/Juneau Empire
The owners of Thane Road Ore House Salmon Bake are accused of failing to file and remit city sales taxes.

The owners of Thane Ore House Salmon Bake have been charged with failing to pay and remit city sales taxes.

George H. Jefferson, 50, and Virginia A. Jefferson, 54, are each facing 26 counts of violating the City and Borough of Juneau’s uniform sales tax code, a misdemeanor criminal offense punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

CBJ is seeking a total of $35,643.55 in restitution, an amount that includes unremitted sales tax, penalties and interest, according to an affidavit filed by Assistant City Attorney August Petropulos.

The affidavit alleges the Jeffersons failed to file CBJ sales tax returns and remit CBJ sales tax from July 1, 2009, through Sept. 30, 2012.

CBJ sent them a letter in October 2012, notifying them they owed CBJ about $25,000 in unremitted sales tax, penalties and interest for the period of Sept. 2009 through Dec. 31, 2011, and that amount continues to accrue penalties and interest at a rate of 10 percent per year.

The Sales Tax Administration Office sent them notifications of delinquency in August, October and November of 2011 and in January and March of 2012.

The city has not received a response from them, the affidavit states.

The two were issued a summons informing them of the charges, and they are scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau District Court on March 6.

They could not be reached Sunday or Monday for comment.

Business owners collect sales tax from purchases on behalf of the city and hold that money in trust until it’s submitted to the city on a quarterly basis. It’s a voter-initiative.

According to the latest figures from the CBJ Sales Tax Administration Office, the majority of business owners file and remit sales tax. Of the 3,883 registered businesses in Juneau in September 2012, 47 active businesses had a balance due; nine inactive businesses had a balance due; and there were 90 delinquent filers. The total amount that all businesses owed in sales tax was about $297,800.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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