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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2010

Comptroller's Office Expands Collaborative Effort With TABC to Collect
Delinquent Taxes

(Austin)— The Texas Comptroller’s office will begin working with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to suspend mixed beverage and private club permits held by businesses that are delinquent on franchise, sales or hotel occupancy taxes. This will begin early next year and add to current tax-collection measures.

“Our office already works with TABC to suspend permits for businesses that fail to pay mixed beverage tax,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “This new effort is aimed at establishments that may be current on their mixed beverage tax, but fall delinquent on the other taxes and fail to comply with collection efforts. We will use every available method to collect every dollar owed to the state.”

The Comptroller’s office will ask TABC to suspend a taxpayer’s mixed beverage or private club permit only if other tax collection efforts have failed and the taxpayer has received written notice. TABC serves the permit holder with a summary suspension order, and the licensed establishment must stop selling alcoholic beverages on the third day after the order is served. The summary suspension would be lifted when the delinquent taxes are paid or a payment plan is established.

“TABC stands ready to assist the Comptroller in holding these business owners accountable,” said TABC Administrator Alan Steen. “We hope this added tool encourages delinquent permit holders to pay their outstanding tax debt or make reasonable payment arrangements to satisfy their debt to the state.”

Texas has about 13,200 mixed beverage taxpayers. Last year the Comptroller’s enforcement division collected $45.4 million in delinquent mixed beverage tax.

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