TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A strong police presence at a pair of Topeka bars Monday was over a vendor's alleged failure to pay taxes.
The Kansas Department of Revenue says Capital City Amusement owes $178,029 in taxes. Monday, authorities seized assets of the vending machine business from its Topeka address, 1424 SW Oakley Ave. They also seized bank accounts and personal property of the business' owner, Ernest Jolly.
In addition, authorities seized equipment that had been leased from Capital City Amusement from the locations where it was being used. That included entertainment machine items at Bullfrogs Live and Bullfrogs Original.
Attorney David Holstead, who represents one Bullfrogs owner, says the timing was inconvenient.
"It creates a bad impression," Holstead said. "It's in the middle of the lunch hour and here comes the state to start removing property. I wish they would have came at a different time but we know the state carries a big stick."
Holstead said the bars did nothing wrong and are free to operate.
The state Revenue Department says it only seizes property after several unsuccessful attempts to collect payment.
Tax Warrants against Capital City Amusement:
Sales Tax – 09ST002402 – Shawnee County – January 2008 through March 2009 – $26,003.55
Sales Tax – 10ST1999 – Shawnee County – April 2009 through Dec. 2009 – $21,866.77
Sales Tax – 13ST000129 – Shawnee County – Jan. 2007 through Dec. 2007, Jan. 2010 through Dec. 2010, Jan. 2011 – $33,723.45
Sales Tax – 13ST3688 – Shawnee County – April 2011 through Jan. 2013 – $17,716.25
Consumer Compensating Use Tax – 13ST000318 – Shawnee County – Jan. 2007 through Dec. 2009, Jan. 2011 through April 2011 – $41,893.08
Consumer Compensating Use Tax – 13ST3687 – Shawnee County – May 2010 through Dec. 2010, Sept. 2011, Oct. 2011, Dec. 2011, Jan. 2012, March 2012, May 2012 through Sept. 2012 – $36,825.41
Tax warrant totals: $178,028.51