Tax Commissioner closes Youngstown restaurant again
The Ohio Tax Commissioner has closed a Downtown Youngstown restaurant for a second time this year.
A sign posted by the tax commissioner on the door of Roberto's Italian Ristorante says the businesses vendor's license is under suspension and is prohibited from making retail sales as of October 4.
Gary Gudmundson of the Ohio Department of Taxation tells 21 News that the business is behind on sales tax payments. That backlog must be paid in full for Robertos to regain its vendor license.
The sign is similar to one posted on the door of the very same West Federal street restaurant earlier this year when state officials said Roberto's was behind on sales tax payments.
Roberto's co-owner John Naples told 21 News at the time that the closure was a misunderstanding over a due date for back taxes.
The restaurant was eventually permitted to reopen after the taxes were paid.
21 News has reached out to Naples for more information and is waiting for his response.
Under state law, businesses can have their vendor's licenses suspended if they miss sales tax payments of two months in a row, or miss three payment deadlines in a 12 month period.
Gudmundson tells 21 News that Ohio recently passed a law that would allow tax officials to suspend the vendor's licenses of businesses that fall behind not only on sales taxes but employment withholding and taxes earmarked for school districts as well.