Arlington Treasurer Frank O’Leary to Publicize Tax Delinquent Restaurants in Media; Lobbying for Power to Shut Restaurants Down
Arlington County Treasurer Frank O’Leary announced today that he intends to acquire the power to seize and shut down restaurants that have large meals tax debts. Arlington County imposes a 4 percent food and beverage (“meals”) tax on restaurants in addition to Virginia state’s sales tax. O’Leary asserts that restaurants owe more than $900,000 in unpaid meals taxes to the county.
O’Leary’s first step in targeting delinquent restaurants will be to send a letter to owners warning them that their tax delinquencies will be publicized in the media and on the county’s web site if they do not pay their tax bill or enter into a repayment plan. Simultaneously, O’Leary is meeting with the county’s state delegates to gain support for a bill to be introduced to the Virginia General Assembly that will grant him the authority to close down severely delinquent restaurants.
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