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Berea Sues Main Street Café

06.25.16 10:54 AM – Andy McDonald

BEREA – The city of Berea has filed a lawsuit against a restaurant in College Square, alleging the business has not paid city taxes and fees.

Last week, a civil complaint was filed against the owner of Gamma Re, LLC, doing business as the Main Street Café, located on 110 Main Street.

The lawsuit alleges the owners of the Main Street Café failed to file a restaurant tax return from the third quarter of 2014 to the first quarter of 2016. Under city ordinances, restaurants collect three percent tax from their receipts, then remit that amount to the city. The tax is said to benefit local tourism.

Businesses in Berea are also subject to a two percent net profits tax as well as occupational license fees, more popularly known as the payroll tax.

The city alleges proprietors of the Main Street Café failed to file a net profits return for 2014 and 2015. The complaint also states Gamma Re, LLC withheld occupational license fees for its employees in an unknown amount for the first, second and third quarters of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, but has failed to remit the amounts withheld to the city of Berea.

The city of Berea is seeking recovery of past due taxes, fees, penalties, and interest, as well as attorney fees.

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