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Two county businesses have made the comptroller’s Top 50 Tax Evaders list that was released recently.
On Jan. 27, the Comptroller of Maryland released the Top 50 Tax Evaders list, compiled through the state’s “Caught in the Web” program, including Old Fitzgerald’s Restaurant Inc. in Solomons and Veras White Sands Beach Club LLC in Lusby.
“We just want people to know it was an honest mistake on our part,” Veras general manager Casey St. John, who is handling the matter, said last week.
Veras White Sands owes $113,087.17 in sales and use, according to the comptroller’s list. St. John said last week that in May 2013, Veras entered into a payment plan for back-taxes when it was discovered that there was a glitch in the restaurant’s computer system that was not charging sales tax on liquor sales since 2006.
On Thursday, after speaking with the company’s certified public accountant, St. John said he noticed the state hadn’t applied all the company’s payments, and that some weren’t applied correctly.
The business paid $55,000 in 2013, St. John said, and only owes about $42,000 in back taxes, according to their records. The payment plan was expected to be completed this April, she said.
Former Veras employee Lisa Delricco was the one assessed for the tax evasion, according to the comptroller’s list. However, St. John said she hasn’t been associated with the company for at least the past two years.
“We feel terrible that her name was [dragged] into it when we took her name off of the payment plan agreement in April 2013,” St. John said.
Old Fitzgerald’s Restaurant Inc. owes $171,148.96, including $154,750.68 in sales and use and $16,398.28 in withholding, according to the list. A representative and/or the owners could not be reached for comment.
The state’s “Caught in the Web” program routinely publishes the list of the top 50 tax evaders on the agency’s website as a public attempt to get people to pay, according to a news release about the most recent list. Since the program’s inception in 2000, according to the news release, the agency has collected more than $27 million from delinquent taxpayers whose names appeared on one of the agency’s lists. The most recent list includes liabilities of nearly $3.69 million in back taxes, penalties and interest from 25 individuals and more than $11 million from 25 businesses, according to the release.
Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) said in the release, “The ‘Caught in the Web’ program highlights the small number of Marylanders who have chosen to take advantage of the benefits of this great state, but who make a conscious effort to avoid paying taxes.”