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Salty Dog Saloon and Piccadilly Pub Among Biggest Tax Cheats in Central MA

Thursday, July 09, 2015

 

The companies in Central Massachusetts that owe the most money in state taxes include a once profitable restaurant chain and a former bull-riding party bar in Kelley Square in Worcester.

According to state data from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the top 50 delinquent businesses in Central Mass owe $10.8 million in back taxes. Sixteen of the companies owe more than $100K.

SEE SLIDES BELOW: The 50 Biggest Business Tax Cheats in Central MA

Across the Commonwealth, the top 10 delinquent business owners owe more than $32 million in back taxes. The highest in the state is Alan Mason, owner of William J. Ziaja Realty Trust of Holden, which owes $5.7 million in back taxes.

In 2007, Mason, who created and controlled six real estate trusts that did not identify him as a trustee, was charged with defrauding lenders out of $6.2 million.

Piccadilly Pub Chain Among Worst Offenders

Seven closed locations of Piccadilly Pub Restaurants, under the business name MPG LLC run out of Worcester, owe more than $700K in back taxes. On average, each restaurant owes over $100,000.

The seven restaurants include Worcester, North Reading, West Springfield, Auburn, North Attleborough, Westborough, and Foxborough.

The Worcester site, formerly at 480 Shrewsbury Street, closed abruptly on Super Bowl Sunday in 2012. This location owes the most in back taxes - with nearly $130,000 owed to the state.

Coincidentally, former employees took over the restaurant after it closed, and although they found initial success after re-opening as Picadilly’s Bar and Grill, they too closed shortly after. The former owners of Picadilly’s now owe $111K and also find themselves as one of the most delinquent in the state.

After changing hands a few times (Paparazzi's and the Pic), the restaurant recently closed again earlier this year.

Salty Dog in Top 3 Most Delinquent in Central MA

Popular for their mechanical bull and their paddling, Salty Dog Saloon consistently found itself in trouble and closed in 2013. Known for its party atmosphere, the bar was only open for three days a week as an attempt to lure Worcester’s college scene.

Salty Dog Saloon, Inc. still owes the state more than $377,000 in back taxes - good enough for third highest in Central Massachusetts.

According to state records, between 2011 and 2012, the bar’s liquor license was suspended at least three times for numerous violations of serving minors and intoxicated people and for bartenders not asking for identification.

Should These Records Be Public Knowledge?

Gary Sasse, founding director of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University, supports the publication of lists.“I think it’s important to publish the list,” he said. Aside from what he described as a significant impact on the state budget, there’s the principle behind it and the fact that the burden of unpaid taxes falls on others, Sasse told GoLocal.

Pete Sepp, President of the National Taxpayers Union, disagrees with Sasse. Sepp told GoLocal, “Generally our opinion is that this kind of shaming has to be administered very carefully. If the government itself publishes false information the reputation of the individual or business could be damaged irreparably.”.

Sepp shared a report about an Illinois-based corporation that had been erroneously listed as behind in $5.6 million in taxes to Wisconsin and provided examples of three major cities where there had been reported foul-ups in government tax records.  

Sepp said such lists might prompt some taxpayers to take action, but said they accomplish little in cases where someone does not have the ability to pay. “Exposing them to public opprobrium isn’t necessarily going to change their situation,” Sepp said.

Many of the companies listed in the top 50 in Central Mass. have gone out of business. GoLocalWorcester has put together a list of each of those businesses, where they’re based out of, and what they owe.

According to the Department Revenue, all taxpayers listed have been given the opportunity to either pay what they owe in full or find another way to resolve their debt that is satisfactory to the Department. In order for a business’ tax liabilities to be published, they must owe more than $25,000 and must have remained delinquent for at least six months from the date the taxes were assessed.

 

Related Slideshow: See the List: The Biggest Tax Cheats in Central MA

Below are the top 50 delinquent business taxpayers in Central Massachusetts, ordered from least to greatest. Data was obtained directly from the state Department of Revenue and is based on an official statutorily mandated list of tax delinquents that must be published. Applicable taxes include sales, meals, beverage, withholding, corporate, and health care taxes. For each business the official business town or city is listed, which may in some instances be different than the public business location. When available, more information is provided about the business or circumstances potentially relevant to its delinquency.

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#50

Business Name: REDSTREAK MOTORS LLC

City/Town: Hudson

Amount Owed: $32,016.00

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#49

Business Name: FOOTHILLS THEATRE CO INC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $32,277.00

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#48

Business Name: GTNET INC

City/Town: Shrewsbury

Amount Owed: $35,526.00

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#47

Business Name: BAKER FENCE COMPANY INC

City/Town: Southborough

Amount Owed: $35,705.00

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#46

Business Name: PLEASANT VALLEY CORP

City/Town: Sutton

Amount Owed: $41,140.00

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#45

Business Name: HUNGRY 4 PIZZA, INC.

City/Town: Winchendon

Amount Owed: $41,945.00

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#44

Business Name: GAGNE PUMP CO INC

City/Town: Westminster

Amount Owed: $46,381.00

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#43

Business Name: FANOURIOS INC

City/Town: Oxford

Amount Owed: $46,690.00

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#42

Business Name:DYNAMIC DIPPIN' DUO, INC.

City/Town: Southborough

Amount Owed: $46,783.00

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#41

Business Name: GNMCO INC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $46,907.00

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#40

Business Name: BALLINI INC

City/Town: Fitchburg

Amount Owed: $47,352.00

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#39

Business Name: CURTIS FACTORY PLUS, INC

City/Town: Spencer

Amount Owed:  $47,991.00

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#38

Business Name: THE COPPER FOX INC 

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $49,065.00

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#37

Business Name: MILL STREET BREWS INC

City/Town: Southbridge

Amount Owed: $50,173.00

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#36

Business Name: CONTEMPORARY CAR CARE INC

City/Town: Marlborough

Amount Owed: $51,881.00

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#35

Business Name: UPRIGHT SERVICES INC

City/Town: Oxford

Amount Owed: $52,626.00

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#34

Business Name: ALEVTYNA INC

City/Town: Whitinsville

Amount Owed: $54,854.00

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#33

Business Name: METROWEST DESIGN WORKS INC

City/Town: Marlborough

Amount Owed: $56,976.00

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#32

Business Name: HALDAN RESTAURANT GROUP, LLC

City/Town: Leominster

Amount Owed: $57,739.00

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#31

Business Name: STERLING PLUMBING & HTG INC

City/Town: Sterling

Amount Owed: $61,814.00

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#30

Business Name: QUINSIGAMOND LODGE 173 INC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $66,724.00

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#29

Business Name: A OBERG INC

City/Town: Uxbridge

Amount Owed: $67,153.00

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#28

Business Name: JEFFS PLACE INC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $69,538.00

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#27

Business Name: CREATIVE PAPER INC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $74,793.00

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#26

Business Name: STRUCK CAFE INC

City/Town: Auburn

Amount Owed: $76,678.00

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#25

Business Name: 24 HRS INC.

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $77,729.00

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#24

Business Name: NEW ENGLAND ROCK SPLITTING INC

City/Town: Northbridge

Amount Owed: $79,771.00

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#23

Business Name: DAVIS DESIGN ASSOCIATES INC

City/Town: Gardner

Amount Owed: $81,121.00

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#22

Business Name: MPG AUBURN LLC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $83,607.00

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#21

Business Name: MPG NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH LLC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $85,726.00

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#20

Business Name: BBSC CORPORATION

City/Town: Westborough

Amount Owed: $87,919.00

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#19

Business Name: MPG FOXBOROUGH LLC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $89,932.00

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#18

Business Name: MPG WEST SPRINGFIELD LLC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $93,809.00

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#17

Business Name: FUNARI TRUCKING INC

City/Town: Sutton

Amount Owed: $105.751.00

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#16

Business Name: MID STATE PACKAGING & DSTRBTN INC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $108,336.00

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#15

Business Name: PICADILLY'S BAR AND GRILL, INC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $109,727.00

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#14

Business Name: MPG NORTH READING

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $111,202

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#13

Business Name: EVEREST CONSTRUCTION INC

City/Town: Westborough

Amount Owed: $117,307.00

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#12

Business Name: MPG WESTBOROUGH LLC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $121,943.00

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#11

Business Name: MPG WORCESTER PUB LLC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $128,586

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#10

Business Name: ENGINEERING PLASTICS INC

City/Town: Royalston

Amount Owed: $137,540.00

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#9

Business Name: QUINN PRINTING CO INC

City/Town: Auburn

Amount Owed: $152,821.00

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#8

Business Name: GIROUX BROS TRANSP INC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $163,177.00

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#7

Business Name: CLOVERLEAF CHEV GEO OLDS INC

City/Town: Shrewsbury

Amount Owed: $174,887.00

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#6

Business Name: CHUCK LAVERTY & SON PLUMBING

City/Town: Millbury

Amount Owed: $200,447.00

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#5

Business Name: JAMIE A BROWN JM REALTY TR

City/Town: Holden

Amount Owed: $229,356.00

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#4

Business Name: TRI STATE STONE INC

City/Town: Oxford

Amount Owed: $332,892.00

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#3

Business Name: SALTY DOG SALOON, INC.

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $377,171.00

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#2

Business Name: FRANCIS HARVEY & SONS INC

City/Town: Worcester

Amount Owed: $553,031.00

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#1

Business Name: WILLIAM J ZIAJA RT

City/Town: Holden

Amount Owed: $5,726,415.00

 
 

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