MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Mobile County Revenue Commission told FOX10 News The Shed Barbeque and Blues Joint on Old Shell Road owed more than $5,000 in taxes before it shut down Tuesday, August 20.
Revenue Commissioner Marilyn Wood said every business in Mobile County has to report the equipment and supplies it uses to the revenue commission.
However, the commission said in the four years The Shed Barbeque and Blues Joint was open, it never paid personal property taxes, money that the city and county needs.
“This is ad valoreum tax and all the money that's collected is dispersed between state and county, between the health the hospital board and all the municipalities in the city limits of Mobile. That money also goes to the school board,” said Wood.
Wednesday, August 21 a sign was posted on The Shed’s door which read:
“The personal property on the premises is being held subject to further orders of the Revenue Commissioner of Mobile County, Alabama. Said property is subject to delinquent tax Lien for Ad Valorem Tax.
Wood said the Shed owed taxes for 2011 and 2012.
Since the business closed, it owed for 2013 as well, which brings the dollar amount to more than $5,800.
“It's the last resort for us to get to them, but it’s their responsibly as the the taxpayer to come to us,” Wood said.
FOX10 asked if anyone had confronted the business owners in person about not paying taxes, but Wood said she didn’t know.
“We do send them notices and it may take us over a year to get out in the field to actually go visit them because we have 35,000 businesses we deal with,” Wood said.
She said the owners of The Shed sent the commission the taxes it owed for 2011, 2012 and 2013 via wire Thursday morning and the sign was taken down off The Shed’s door.
FOX10 News contacted one of the owners, who didn’t answer.
"They said they never got the notices. But it's the correct address, it's on the tax bill in Ocean Springs, Mississippi," said Wood.
That’s where the original business opened and is operated.
Wood said the revenue commission does not have the authority to shut down The Shed and did not force it to close Tuesday.
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