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Philadelphia chocolate store closed over tax spat
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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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1 posted on 04/17/2014 7:38:18 AM PDT by Phillyred
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To: Phillyred

We loaded and aimed our muskets at King George for far, far less.


2 posted on 04/17/2014 7:40:09 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Phillyred

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.


3 posted on 04/17/2014 7:41:00 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: Phillyred

Actually, he knew he had to pay it. He just didn’t want to do it.


4 posted on 04/17/2014 7:41:29 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Phillyred

As much as we all dislike it, you have to pay your taxes.


5 posted on 04/17/2014 7:41:37 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Phillyred

folkin axel government


6 posted on 04/17/2014 7:42:01 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Phillyred

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?


7 posted on 04/17/2014 7:43:05 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

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.


8 posted on 04/17/2014 7:47:57 AM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: nuconvert

“As much as we all dislike it, you have to pay your taxes.”

Unless you’re Tim Geitner, or Al Sharpton, or...


9 posted on 04/17/2014 7:48:22 AM PDT by Paulie (Buy local, bank local, exert your influence locally; the left will fold like a cheap suit.)
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To: Phillyred

“...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.


10 posted on 04/17/2014 7:49:29 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: Phillyred
but city officials didn't appear for the court hearing

Seems like he should have won the case by default.

11 posted on 04/17/2014 7:50:16 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: Paulie

We can’t have, in America, people that violate the law and just walk away from it.


12 posted on 04/17/2014 7:54:48 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Sodomy and abortion: the only constitutional "rights" cherished by Democrats.)
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To: Phillyred

-—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 didn’t show. They postponed it until April 28. They’re 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.”-—


13 posted on 04/17/2014 7:55:06 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: grobdriver
That's not how it works.

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.

14 posted on 04/17/2014 7:55:35 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: nuconvert
you have to pay your taxes

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.

15 posted on 04/17/2014 7:56:06 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Texas resident
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.

But all their employees, including management, will pay higher taxes the whole time.

16 posted on 04/17/2014 7:57:08 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: AppyPappy
Nice try.

—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 didn’t show. They postponed it until April 28. They’re 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.”-—

17 posted on 04/17/2014 8:00:21 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Why not just mail in the check like everyone else?


18 posted on 04/17/2014 8:06:00 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: House Atreides

My thought also, unless “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is to Philadelphia as “Portlandia” is to Portland, OR...


19 posted on 04/17/2014 8:08:31 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: AppyPappy

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.


20 posted on 04/17/2014 8:09:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

And how did that strategy work out for him?


21 posted on 04/17/2014 8:09:45 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: wideawake
The fewer people there are in a judge's courtroom, the happier the judge is.

That's why I never show up when indicted.

22 posted on 04/17/2014 8:09:59 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: nuconvert

The 1776 Boston Tea Partiers didn’t agree.


23 posted on 04/17/2014 8:10:31 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: AppyPappy

In a thoroughly-corrupted neo-Soviet system that we have become?

As expected.


24 posted on 04/17/2014 8:10:52 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Phillyred

"I don't want a lot, just enough to wet my beak."

25 posted on 04/17/2014 8:12:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: thackney

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.


26 posted on 04/17/2014 8:30:23 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Born to Conserve

Now that is the real story.


27 posted on 04/17/2014 9:07:47 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: Kid Shelleen; Prov1322

ping!


28 posted on 04/17/2014 9:26:36 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: Phillyred
You can tell it's a Philly company when the logo looks like Entenmann's:


29 posted on 04/17/2014 9:29:50 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: House Atreides

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.


30 posted on 04/17/2014 9:31:19 AM PDT by Tammy8
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To: Albion Wilde; Tribune7; TAdams8591; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; wireman; Mr. Binnacle; brityank; ...
**** Philly Metro Ping ****



31 posted on 04/17/2014 3:48:09 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: CitizenUSA
HAHAHA!!!!

Please....what?!?!?!

How many examples do you need...............

32 posted on 04/17/2014 3:51:25 PM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Phillyred

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.


33 posted on 04/17/2014 3:55:21 PM PDT by Clemenza (Lurking)
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To: Osage Orange

Oh, I’m sorry. I was quoting the esteemed Senator Harry Reid.

Harry Reid: “We can’t 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.


34 posted on 04/17/2014 10:32:29 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Sodomy and abortion: the only constitutional "rights" cherished by Democrats.)
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