Georgetown Cupcake has a big tax bill

February 1, 2013

The cupcakery made famous by TLC owes the District a decent chunk of change. (The Washington Post)

There’s a lot of money in cupcakes — anyone’s who has ever paid $3 for a few cents’ worth of flour and sugar knows that. There’s a lot of taxes in cupcakes, too: Turns out Georgetown Cupcake owes the city $189,000 in unpaid sales taxes, Michael Neibauer reports at the Washington Business Journal. That bill represents the three months between August and October; assuming the unpaid amount represents the 10 percent city food-and-beverage tax, America’s most famous cupcakery looks to be doing sales of at least $7 million a year. Georgetown Cupcake says it’s aware of the tax bill, and it will be paid very soon: “We’re committed to paying our tax liabilities,” said CEO Stephen LaMontagne. [Update, 3:30 p.m.: The city on Friday released a tax lien, Neibauer reports, indicating the bill has been paid.]

In other news:

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Fatal December shootout resulted from kidnapping plot (WaTimes)

In the Metropolitan Police Department, flip off a coworker at your peril (Loose Lips)

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Meet the YIMBYs (City DeskDCist)

Caterer’s liquor license is in jeopardy after nightclub shooting (Post)

In Deanwood, a schoolkid was very nearly abducted (Crime Scene)

Irv Nathan: Payments to defend D.C. officials in Pershing Park case are A-okay (Legal Times)

City releases “model” bullying policy (Post)

Georgetown Cuddler I (not to be confused with Georgetown Cuddler II) will get a new trial (Crime Scene)

No, Tony Williams will not be saving Detroit (DCist)

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A new pondering of the Washington/D.C. divide (NYT)

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“Cool Disco Donuts” dies a mercifully quick death (PostCity DeskDCist)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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