Tigertail closure update

Update 5:45 p.m.: Just went by Tigertail again this afternoon and noticed a letter from the Department of Revenue in the window. The Sept. 17 letter states that Tigertail’s Certificate of Registration has been revoked because of three unpaid tax warrants in the amounts of $6,897.34, $10,397.76 and $12,970.20. The warrants were issued Aug. 28, 2008, Feb. 26, 2009, and June 25, 2009. The letter states that the sign must be posted conspicuously. We never noticed it the three previous times we stopped by in the last week, perhaps because the non-descript white paper is sandwiched in between the menu, reviews and various other signs. What’s interesting is that while the sign must be posted for the public to view, the Department of Revenue told us this morning it couldn’t comment on the case because it’s a privacy issue.

The state Liquor Control Board says this morning that the Washington State Department of Revenue is responsible for Tigertail’s closure.

The state DOR will only say that Tigertail, 704 NW 65th St., still has an active business license. They won’t comment on whether they are pursuing a matter against the company, saying it’s a privacy issue.

Still no word from Tigertail’s owners about what’s happening.

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Lexicon Grrl
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Lexicon Grrl

There's a letter from the DOR posted in the front window of the restaurant that's been there since they closed the doors. It lists the amounts and dates of their overdue tax payments, who revoked the license, why and when. I thought it was a pretty clear comment from the owners…

kelly
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kelly

that sucks! love the tiger tail especially during laundry night :)

of course that crappy laundry-mat barley has anything working so maybe it's time to find another happyhour/laundrymat location.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Yeah, the notice on the door is pretty clear. It just looked like a really large amount for a business that isn't very old. I hope they can clear it up and re-open.

Fauxnothing
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Fauxnothing

Generally, when a business gets far enough behind in state tax payments that the DOR has to close it down, it means the business is in big trouble and they're using the tax they collected from customers to pay other bills and/or pay themselves instead of sending the tax money to the DOR like they're supposed to. Not a good sign.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

What I'm afraid of. It was a huge amount owed according to the notice. Trouble with a capital 'T.'

Ballardog
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Ballardog

C'est la vie. Maybe we'll get another pizza joint.

Name
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Name

hmmm maybe the soution is paying your taxes like the rest of us? should I feel sorry?

rob3rt
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rob3rt

Kelly, the best laundromat is of course Transformation Station – where your clothes come in dirty, and they leave clean! It's on 8th at Market.
They are the nicest people!

bellie
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bellie

Ya think?

kim
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kim

it can make or break a great business. that's why there's partners.

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Name

yes I think businesses should pay their taxes. Ya?

birdymkr
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birdymkr

The issue is a business collects the tax for the DOR. The money is not the owner's $. PERIOD. I realize these are difficult economic times for small businesses but one thing you just don't do is not pay your state sales taxes!

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

I agree. And now they have a coffee house with wifi next door.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

There is a chance that they didn't understand when where and how to file their state taxes and just didn't want to think about it and it snowballed. I see that happen more than you'd think with small businesses.

sdrake1958
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sdrake1958

Just received my 3rd quarter form from our lovely state myself. A business doesn't pay taxes. It's clients do. A real wake up call would be everybody keeping everything they “earn” and send a check like many do each and every 1/4. Or at least just one time for sure. Try arguing with the state. Try suing them. This state, like too many, is broke and want each and every penny they think belongs to them. And some selected a guy with zero business experience to run the USA. Zero. Makes cents to me!

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

…one more reason to buy out of state from vendors who don't charge the high sales tax. Easy to find them.

balishag
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balishag

People do not pay their taxes for a variety of reasons. However, it does not surprise me that people still find delight in making snarky comments and comparisons. It's the nature of the typical unemployed/underemployed users trolling this blog. If you want a real story, you should ask why two businesses in this building are closed. It may not just be a problem with the business owners.

phinneynotballard
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phinneynotballard

are you unemployed or underemployed? Me, I just don't work as hard as I should.

phinneynotballard
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phinneynotballard

Individuals and business fall behind on taxes sometimes, that's just a fact of life. But it would appear that its been a year since the DOR identified the problem and its doubled in the interim. I think that's generous enough. The feds will start garnishing your wages if you're an indivdual at this point.

ballardmike
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ballardmike

They should have filed for corporate status offshore to get out of those pesky taxes.

SPG
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SPG

You do realize that as a business you are still liable for that sales tax even though your vendor didn't collect it? When you get audited you'll be paying more than just the sales tax on those out of state purchases.

Tastyviddles
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Tastyviddles

For a small business – those taxes aren't that high – that could be 1 or 2 months of not paying payroll taxes…you start to fall behind and then you don't know how to catch up. It's easy to say – well, they should have paid their taxes before they paid their employees – but realistically – it's not that easy. You can't just tell your employees, “Well, you aren't getting paid this week. Sorry bout that…” It's easy to fall behind, and anyone who make ssnarky comments or otherwise doesn't understand the plight of the small biz.

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

They'll have to tackle the UPS man first….

Fauxnothing
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Fauxnothing

Running a small business is probably the most difficult task in the world. In so many ways, it's harder than running a much larger business that would have many employees, or even large departments, to handle the day-to-day behind-the-scenes tasks that a small business owner must do alone while simultaneously working in the business. Many small business owners have all the necessary skills for baking cakes, fixing cars, bathing dogs, etc., but they don't have the knowledge or experience to actually handle the bookkeeping and other business tasks. I understand the dilemma that small businesses face; there's money in the bank and there are bills to pay. In order to keep the doors open, the employees must be paid, the rent needs to be paid, and suppliers will cut you off if you don't pay them. If you close the doors, nobody gets paid. So, instead of paying the DOR the tax revenue you've collected and put in the bank, you pay the immediate bills and hope the DOR doesn't come after you before you've been able to replace the money you took from the bank. Of course, it almost never works that way. To a small business owner who… Read more »

phinneynotballard
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phinneynotballard

There is no “front page,” its a blog. They post stories that they think are relevant to the neighborhood, and clearly by the activity on this forum, people find the topic meaningful.

Someone made a comment a few days ago that it was freshing to see some actual journalism in the media, and I agree. Instead of just posting “Tigertail closed” Dale is making calls and asking questions. This is a public business that is a part of the fabric of our neighborhood – I see nothing wrong with reporting on it. Someone's house buring is personal news; a lost cat is personal news; news is simply personal in nature. Nothing posted in this story isn't available to anyone who walked by and looked in the window. No one is speculating anything.