McDonald’s restaurants in tax trouble

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 24, 2003

Selma’s two McDonald’s restaurants have been granted a 10-day extension to satisfy a delinquent Alabama tax bill totaling $325,000.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s office was to have received a court order to padlock the restaurants last Friday for failure to comply with Alabama sales and use tax laws.

David Avery III, an attorney with the Montgomery District Office of the Alabama Department of Revenue, confirmed that his office had agreed to the extension.

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The extension gives the restaurants, which are operated by Tamcri Inc., additional time to meet the terms of a previous agreement with the state.

The terms of that agreement stipulate, among other things, that Tamcri Inc. remain current with regard to its future sales tax liability, that it immediately pay $25,000 to be applied toward its delinquent sales tax liability, and that it pay its sales and use taxes on a weekly basis.

Tamcri Inc.’s failure to meet those terms resulted in the suspended padlock order that was to have taken effect last Friday.

With the extension, Huffman said his office would now wait for further word from the Department of Revenue. &uot;We’re not going to do this on our own,&uot; he said.

Tamcri Inc. is represented by attorney Collins Pettaway Jr. Repeated attempts to contact James Walls, one of the principals of Tamcri Inc., were unsuccessful.

News that the two McDonald’s restaurants here faced possible closure comes on the heels of the closure last year of the two Burger King restaurants in Selma. The Burger King restaurants remain closed.