Skip to comments.Dick Yuengling rips Philadelphia over $6 million lawsuit
Posted on 02/07/2013 6:22:27 AM PST by Kid Shelleen
Dick Yuengling said he was "probably the happiest guy in the beer business" - until Tuesday.
--snip-- The suit claims that Yuengling refused to let the city's Revenue Department audit its books, so the department made an assessment based on a Philly beer distributor's accounts-payable list.
The suit has no details of what activities Yuengling conducted in Philadelphia that the city found to be taxable. City officials declined to elaborate.
Green said that filing suit may have been the only way to access Yuengling's records. "This lawsuit will allow the Department of Revenue to do the discovery that Yuengling rejected," he said.
(Excerpt) Read more at mcall.com ...
Wasn’t he in “Boogie Nights?”
So they filed a lawsuit as a backdoor way to get into the brewery’s books?
Imagine NYC or some city sending you a tax bill for something they deemed you did that was taxable.
Yuengling and Son is a private company. Their headquarters is located in Pottsville PA. What right does another city have to audit its books without its knowledge?
Fishing expedition, or political retaliation for not supporting (financially) the right candidate(s). This is Philly politics in action - just like the Chicago thug machine.
I don’t know how DY voted or spends his political contributions, but his comments below lead me to believe he is one we should support:
“The government has spent more money than they have, and they’re just coming after everybody to tax them and recoup some of the inept spending that they’ve done.”
Godspeed, Dick Yeungling - you make a GREAT product!
New York does this to Rush Limbaugh every year.
The gross receipts tax in Pennsylvania is a mess, with every municipality that imposes it wanting as much of it as they can get. The courts have only muddled the mess even further.
If you are a construction company located in a municipality that does not have a gross receipts tax, and you do a some work in a municipality that does, the municipality that does may try to tax you on all of your gross receipts, regardless of where the work is performed, and I think the courts have let them do it.
Maybe it’s time to move the brewery out of Occupied Territory.
If Yuengling uses it’s own trucks to deliver product to Philly, Philly can claim that as doing business in Philly. States are doing that, too. If you are located in Pennsylvania, and deliver merchandise to New Jersey in your own trucks, Jersey will hijack, I mean impound, your truck, until you pay the taxes.
They have people watching the bridges that cross the river into Jersey for vehicles with company logos on them.
Yeah, Yuengling (pronounced Yingling for you non-Pennsylvanians)makes great beer. It’s the oldest continuously operating brewery in America. Their porter and black & tan are among my favorites, and their Chesterfield ale is my wife’s favorite.
It’s privately owned by the descendents of the founder.
And how is this not a violation of the US Constitution Commerce Clause?
Their brewery in Tampa has an awesome tour...and they still give sample, unlike Busch, which stopped free Bud tastings after the company was sold..
I wonder what the bridge watching job pays? Taxes are nuts in PA/NJ. Glad I got out of there. If it wasn’t for the new brewery I bet DY would be looking to move too.
There is a Fededral law, passed in the 1950’s that forbids states from taxing out of state businesses who send products into the state. But, if you have a presence in the state, a concept known as “nexus”, you can be taxed on business in that state. States are taking a very broad definition of nexus, and it includes having a truck, owned by you, in that state.
Unfortunately, Congress did not forsee services becoming as large a part of our economy as it has, so with services performed across state lines all bets are off.
Every state is doing this sort of thing. they are all desperate for money to keep buying votes.
Every state is doing this sort of thing, and it’s really nothing new, or confined to the northeast. In the early 1970’s, I was driving a tractor trailor through either Alabama or Mississippi. As I was leaving the state, I had to show a toll booth operator that I had purchased fuel in the state, or I would have had to pay a toll.
Thank you. That explains it.
If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.
When they pry it from my cold, frosty mug. Just for the record, I'm a Yuengling Premium man.
Wow. Interstate thievery. I was watching this show on the history channel. In Africa tribes would dig a hole in the road and put wood over it. They would post armed guards on either side. Every vehicle would be forced to pay a toll to cross the “bridge”. Sometimes there are two or three “bridges” in the village.
I laughed at how ridiculous this was. The ditch was one foot wide and a foot deep. Now it appears we do the same thing.
Who would even want to taste Budweiser, free or not?