Arlington Treasurer Frank O’Leary has been aggressive in going after restaurants that collect their county meals tax, and then don’t pay it to the county, particularly with nationally renowned deadbeat chef Roberto Donna, whose financial misdeeds have been well-chronicled in recent years.
But in an interview with Scott Brodbeck of ARLnow.com, O’Leary says he is seeking the power to close restaurants who don’t pay their taxes. And he also wants the authority to publicize the names of the tax-stealing businesses. (The State of NoVa hereby volunteers to publish that list.)
It’s not a complicated concept, O’Leary told ARLnow.com: “You can’t charge people tax on their meals and keep it for yourself, no matter how pressing your problems are. That money belongs to the county.”
O’Leary’s office is sending a notice to tax delinquent restaurants, threatening to publicize their names if they don’t agree to a repayment plan. And O’Leary says patrons should boycott restaurants who don’t pay their meals taxes, as he does. Well, we can’t boycott if we don’t know who’s doing the stealing. Let’s see that list.
The full ARLnow.com piece is here.