Philadelphia says Yuengling owes $6.6 million in taxes

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City says Yuengling owes $6.6 million in taxes

STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013, 7:25 PM

When Dick Yuengling bought a round of beers for more than 10,000 Philadelphians on National Drink Beer Day last year, he said “the city has truly shown our family business brotherly love and we’d like to raise a glass to that.”

Now, Dick Yuengling may be throwing back a few of his own brews after receiving a civil lawsuit from the city that claims his brewery, D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., has failed to pay more than $6.6 million in city taxes, interest and penalty fees.

How does a Pottsville-based beer company that doesn’t have a brewery or a plant in Philadelphia come to owe millions in Business Income and Receipt Taxes to the city?

It’s not quite clear, because no one from the city would comment on the suit or even explain the basic foundation of the claims.

The business income and receipt tax (BIRT), formerly known as the business-privilege tax (BPT), can be levied on any person or corporation that engages in taxable activity within the city, even if that business is not located in the city. READ MORE

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