Skip to comments.Philadelphia chocolate store closed over tax spat
Posted on 04/17/2014 7:38:18 AM PDT by Phillyred
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store has been shuttered by the city days before Easter. WPVI-TV (http://bit.ly/1l42Hhe) said Wednesday the Department of Revenue revoked the business license of the Blasius Chocolate Factory in the city's Kensington neighborhood. The small company has been hand-making chocolates since the 1920s. It's noted for its buttercreams and giant Easter eggs. City officials say the business was delinquent in paying taxes. The city says it sent numerous warnings. Owner Phillip Kerwick says he tried to negotiate his $12,000 tax bill but city officials didn't appear for the court hearing. He says he's being harassed by city revenue officials.
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We loaded and aimed our muskets at King George for far, far less.
He should have just stuffed 5 grand cash in his local councilman’s pocket and see it all go away magically.
That works wonders here in Atlanta.
Actually, he knew he had to pay it. He just didn’t want to do it.
As much as we all dislike it, you have to pay your taxes.
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These stupid cities give away the store to lure new businesses but treat existing business ( hand-making chocolates since the 1920s) like something they stepped in on the street.
They don’t think businesses thinking about moving to Philly are watching this?
New York state is running ads here in Texas trying to lure businesses to the empire state. They talk about no taxes for 10 years.
Year 11, they will get slammed and have to relocate again.
“As much as we all dislike it, you have to pay your taxes.”
Unless you’re Tim Geitner, or Al Sharpton, or...
“...city officials didn’t appear for the court hearing...”
I don’t know the details of this case, but in situations such as this a “summary judgement” against the party not showing up is usually appropriate. Of course, maybe that doesn’t apply to our government employee overlords.
Seems like he should have won the case by default.
We can’t have, in America, people that violate the law and just walk away from it.
-—The owner, Phil Kerwick says, I was attempting to pay these taxes, I sent them all of the tax forms. I had a hearing last week, April 9th, and the city didnt show. They postponed it until April 28. Theyre out to close my business down for my past political actions. I was a ward leader who has testified against a lot of corruption to the FBI and brought out all the corruption that goes on in the courts in this city.-—
No city officials were there? Meaningless.
The real question is whether the tax department's attorney was there.
The fewer people there are in a judge's courtroom, the happier the judge is.
And if you choose to work/live in Philly, you get to pay some extra taxes as well. Coming out of college, I had job offers in Houston and Philly. Philly would paid 10% more. Take home was about 5% less with a higher cost of living.
But all their employees, including management, will pay higher taxes the whole time.
The owner, Phil Kerwick says, I was attempting to pay these taxes, I sent them all of the tax forms. I had a hearing last week, April 9th, and the city didnt show. They postponed it until April 28. Theyre out to close my business down for my past political actions. I was a ward leader who has testified against a lot of corruption to the FBI and brought out all the corruption that goes on in the courts in this city.-
Why not just mail in the check like everyone else?
My thought also, unless “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is to Philadelphia as “Portlandia” is to Portland, OR...
There are plenty of reasons. Here’s one: Maybe you protest the amount, take the taxing agency to court, and then they don’t show up.
Like what happened here.
And how did that strategy work out for him?
That's why I never show up when indicted.
The 1776 Boston Tea Partiers didn’t agree.
In a thoroughly-corrupted neo-Soviet system that we have become?
"I don't want a lot, just enough to wet my beak."
Yeah, well, that’s the way it goes. Choose your work & place of business carefully. Also, be careful where you make large purchases....taxes vary from city to city.
Now that is the real story.
For some odd reason summary judgment is not used as often as it used to be. I hear about court cases all the time where one party doesn’t show up and the court just changes the date. The cases I know about are mostly divorces but some drag on forever because one side just doesn’t show up and the court reschedules. Maybe it is just happening here, but I remember when not showing up meant you lost.
How many examples do you need...............
You know that the toothbrush had to have been invented in Kensington. If it were invented anywhere else, it would have been called the Teethbrush.
Oh, I’m sorry. I was quoting the esteemed Senator Harry Reid.
Harry Reid: “We cant have, in America, people that violate the law and just walk away from it.” He said that in regard to Mr. Cliven Bundy’s standoff against the BLM.