Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Thirty-six Callaway County businesses have been placed on a Missouri Department of Revenue list for not paying a total of $403,333 in collected sales taxes or employee income tax withholdings.
The 36 Callaway County firms appear on the “Who Is Not Paying” list kept by the Missouri Department of Revenue and updated weekly.
The list shows all Missouri businesses that have had their sales tax licenses revoked for failure to pay either sales tax or income tax withholdings for their employees, or both.
Statewide, 3,206 businesses are on the list, and they owe a total of nearly $33.8 million.
Some of the Callaway County businesses were put on the list under a previous owner but the business is still operating under the same name, so still appears on the list.
“These aren’t instances of (being) one day late with the tax and you have a good record,” said Ted Farnen, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Revenue. “These businesses are ones we’ve used our collection efforts on for a great amount of time through written letters, phone calls, that type of thing.”
In Fulton the sales tax rate is 7.725 percent of each purchase with 4.225 percent of each purchase going to the state.
Traditionally, the department hasn’t singled out businesses that are behind in tax payments. But a 2007 state law directed it to start maintaining a public list of revoked businesses.