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Sales Tax Cases from the TiNY Blog for September 28, 2023

ALJ Determinations:

Matter of Uddinzaman, SALJ Gardiner (August 24, 2023); Div’s Rep. Karry Culihan, Esq.; Pet’s Rep. pro se; Articles 28 and 29.

Matter of Piacquadio, ALJ Behuniak (August 24, 2023); Div’s Rep. Bruce Lennard, Esq.; Pet’s Rep. Scott Ahroni, Esq.; Articles 28 and 29.

Petitioner was found to have been a responsible office of the Eden Ballroom LLC, and therefore liable for its sales tax underpayments. Petitioner was a member of the LLC and active in its management. As such he was a responsible person per se.  In addition, he exercised many of the management prerogatives that indicate a responsible officer. Thus, even if he were not an LLC member, he would nonetheless be a person responsible for the sales tax obligations of the Eden Ballroom LLC. 

Matter of Seneca, ALJ Behuniak (August 24, 2023); Div’s Rep. Bruce Lennard, Esq.; Pet’s Rep. Scott Ahroni, Esq.; Articles 28 and 29. 

Petitioner was determined to be a responsible officer of Eden Ballroom LLC for only a portion of the tax periods at issue. Even though he mistakenly signed certain documents as “managing member,” he provided sufficient evidence that he was not, in fact, a member of the LLC. In addition, third-party affidavits showed that for some of the tax periods at issue he did not exercise most of the other management prerogatives that would result in his being a responsible person. For those periods, it was determined Petitioner was not liable for the sales taxes owed by the LLC. However, for the periods outside of the coverage of the affidavits, Petitioner did not provide sufficient evidence to disprove that he was a responsible officer of Eden Ballroom LLC. Of note: If you think it unusual that the same attorney would represent two petitioners taking the position that they were not responsible officers of a particular business, you are not alone. 

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