New York restaurant owners can easily lose their business if they fall behind on their taxes.
Restaurants are frequent targets of restaurant sales tax audits and seizures for nonpayment of taxes. Running a restaurant is challenging. Low profit margins and constant cash flow needs are a reality and sometimes owners fail to pay their taxes on time. Unfortunately, when they don’t address their tax issues promptly, they risk losing their business.
The consequences for failing to collect and/or remit sales tax are severe.
Penalties and interest as high as 14.5 percent may be imposed for not paying sales tax owed to New York. The business could also have its Certificate of Authority revoked and individuals could face criminal prosecution. In some cases, certain owners, officers, directors, employees, partners or members (responsible persons) of a business can be held personally liable for the sales tax owed by the business.
If you haven’t collected or paid sales tax, you may qualify for New York’s Voluntary Disclosure and Compliance Program. The State will not impose penalties or bring criminal charges against eligible taxpayers with a history of noncompliance who come forward and pay their outstanding tax liabilities. As an added incentive, qualified taxpayers are also eligible for a limited look-back period.
If you owe restaurant sales tax, contact us for a consultation.
Learn more in our article – Don’t Lose Your Restaurant Because Of Unpaid Taxes: Three Things You Need to Know – published by the New York Restaurant Association.
And check out this article from Bloomberg BNA – New York Restaurants Among Top 250 Delinquent Taxpayers.