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Officials: Castlewood Cafe closed due to owing of back taxes

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance says that the sudden closure of The Castlewood Cafe on Burrstone Road came about due to the owners owing $145,670 in back taxes.

Roughly $143,000 of that is from sales tax the business collected from customers but never turned over to the state, according to officials. their first notice was sent in 2010 when they were issued a warrant that stated they owed $25,600.

The business was seized Monday night.

Geoff Gloak from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance says the owners will be handed back the keys as long as they set up some sort of re-payment plan with the state. Gloak says sales tax evasion is "Stealing from the customer, taxpayers as a whole and creates an unfair advantage over other companies who are turning over their sales tax dollars."

Gloak was unsure if the people who work at the business would qualify for unemployment because of the closure. Employees will, however, be able to retrieve any personal belongings that they have inside the business as long as they can prove it is theirs.

If the owners of the company, listed as Don and Cindy Wood, do not come forward and start making payments, the state could auction off the business at any time. Gloak says that a notice about the auction will be posted on the building at least six days prior to the sale.

So far there has been no comment from the owners.

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